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Dueck wins alpine gold at Paralympic Winter Games

Josh Dueck
Josh Dueck
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According to the Sochi 2014 website, Josh Dueck of Cranbrook, British Columbia won his first Paralympic gold medal on Friday.

Dueck posted a two run overall time of 2:18.20 in the men's alpine super combined sit skiing competition at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Dueck sat in fifth place after the first slalom run. His time of 59.93 was 1.22 seconds back of Roman Rabl of Austria for first place and 0.41 seconds back of Taiki Morii of Japan for the bronze medal position.

In the super giant slalom run, Dueck was the fastest down the hill. His time of 1:18.27 seconds was 0.4 seconds faster than his nearest competitor, Corey Peters of New Zealand. But more importantly, he was 3.22 seconds than Rabl, and 4.66 seconds faster than Thomas Nolte of Germany, who was in secon place after the slalom.

American Heath Calhoun won the silver medal with a time of 2:19.09, with Rabl winning the bronze medal with a time of 2:20.20.

Team Canada now has 11 medals (three gold medals, two silver medals and six bronze medals)--and sit in fifth place in the overall medal standings behind Russia (64 medals), Ukraine (20 medals), the United States (16 medals) and Germany (11 medals). Germany is ahead of Canada because they have won four more gold medals.

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