Josh Dueck of Kimberley is in Sochi for the Paralympics this week.

Josh Dueck of Kimberley is in Sochi for the Paralympics this week.

Dueck checks in from Sochi

Kimberley sit-skier says he is having a great Paralympic experience so far

With the Super G portion of the Super Combined race at the Sochi Paralympics postponed until Friday because of weather, Kimberley’s Josh Dueck was able to take a moment and check in with the Bulletin.

Dueck won a silver in the Downhill over the weekend and came very close in the Super G.

Dueck says winning the silver in the downhill was challenging and incredibly rewarding at the same time.

“My Sochi experience has been great so far; the venues are awesome and the overall energy here is bumping. The stands are practically sold out every day which makes for a super lively crowd, which is really fun to be able to perform for.

“There’s a solid crew of people around the Canadian Team right now that is making it really easy for all of us to be able to perform to our potential . I have to tip my hat to all the folks at Alpine Canada, Canadian Paralympic Committee and Own the Podium for giving us all the resources to be successful.

“Which leads me to the exciting part of being able to perform my best, when it matters most.  I won a silver medal in the downhill race, which was really challenging and incredibly rewarding at the same time.  The Super G was going really well until I pulled a 360 two gates before the finish line, oops.  And we have a couple more races to go, which I am equally excited about.”

As for Tuesday’s slalom run, Dueck says conditions were tough and it was a battle just to cross the finish line.

“I faired well, all things considered.”

Dueck will be enjoying some down time Wednesday before the busy race week picks up with the slalom on Thursday, followed by the Super G (combined) on Friday and GS on Saturday to wrap things up.