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Vernon Paralympic athletes open and close Winter Games as flag-bearers

Vernon's Josh Dueck celebrates his silver medal in the mens sitting skiing downhill during the 2014 Paralympic Games on Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014.
March 17, 2014 - 12:39 PM

JOSH DUECK AND SONJA GAUDET

SOCHI, Russia - Josh Dueck has been named Canada's flag-bearer for the closing ceremony of the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games.

The 33-year-old par-alpine sit-skier from Vernon, won a gold medal in the super combined and a silver in the downhill.

The gold medal was the first of Dueck's career.

He also won a Paralympic silver in slalom at the 2010 Games in Vancouver.

“I’m really excited, I couldn’t be happier,” Dueck said. “I really can’t imagine what will go through my mind when we enter the stadium. What a great honor.”

“I ski because I love to ski, but I compete for Canada, so to have an opportunity to bring the flag in for the closing ceremony is unbelievable.”

Vernon wheelchair curler Sonja Gaudet was Canada's flag-bearer for the opening ceremony.

- with files from The Canadian Press

Vernon's Josh Dueck competes in the men's super combined sit ski event on March 14, 2014 at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. Dueck went on to win the gold medal.
Vernon's Josh Dueck competes in the men's super combined sit ski event on March 14, 2014 at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. Dueck went on to win the gold medal.
Image Credit: Canadian Paralympic Committee/Scott Grant

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