Vernon Paralympic athletes open and close Winter Games as flag-bearers
Howard Alexander - News Editor
Vernon's Josh Dueck celebrates his silver medal in the mens sitting skiing downhill during the 2014 Paralympic Games on Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014.
(HOWARD ALEXANDER / iNFOnews.ca)
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
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