Annie Dilard wrote that you can't test courage cautiously; and skier Josh Duek's story illustrates this perfectly. In 2004, Josh broke his back when an aerial flip went tragically wrong, leaving him a paraplegic. For eight years, throughout his rehabilitation and as he learned to challenge the mountain on a sit-ski, he dreamed of one day being able to perform an inverted aerial again. On February 3, 2012, Josh's friends help him make that dream come true -- and he became the first person to perform a backflip on snow in a sit-ski.


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  • Josh's inspiring story will soon be a subject of a film by Switchback Entertainment.  Watch the trailer.
  • Sports can be an important emotional and physical outlet for those with disabilities. Learn a bit about the history of wheelchair athletics.
  • Our experiences may not be as harrowing as Josh's accident, but we all "get thrown" from one "horse" or another. Which "horse" are you going to climb back on?

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