Minard heads to games

Chantelle Deacon

"In 2008 I was involved in a 14,400-volt electrical contact accident, me being the exit and the ground point I suffered life-threatening injuries and nearly died three times in the burn unit."

Vernon's para snowboardcross athlete Curt Minard will soon jet off to his first Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.

The 2018 Paralympic Winter Games lasts 10 days beginning on March 8.

"With that goal set in mind of hopefully being able to represent Canada, I'm absolutely ecstatic to be selected and heading over there," Minard said.

"I feel great," he said. "The last few months have been a lot of training both in the gym and on snow."

Despite some minor setbacks, Minard says he is healthy and ready to show Canada what he's got.

"Luckily I had some preseason injuries and stuff like that that seem to have worked themselves out," he said.  "Everyone is kind of in a similar position, it's a pretty equal playing field."

"It's pretty amazing to see the calibre of athletes out there, whether they're missing arms, legs or what have you, some people you can't even tell."

In early February, Minard took home second place in the overall Para-SBX  Men’s Upper Limb World Cup standings, following a silver medal performance at the Big White 2018 Para-SBX World Cup.

He also competed in PyeongChang last March and took home a bronze medal.

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