Josh Dueck was a professional skier and freeride coach. He taught his students the fundamentals of safe park riding. But Josh wasn’t just the type of coach that yelled from the sidelines, he was the coach that was always skiing right alongside his students, leading by example. The day of Josh’s accident, he dropped into a jump cold and with all his students watching he felt the pressure to perform his signature front flip. As he approached the jump, everything in Josh screamed not to do it, but he silenced his intuition and went anyway. Josh overshot the jump, falling from close to 100 feet onto flat snow and instantly entered the world of spinal cord injury.
Josh’s critical mistake was not listening to his gut response intuition and letting his ego (and desire to impress his students and people watching) lead his decisions against his own better, deeper knowledge.