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Marine wounded warrior Josh Wege snowboarding – Disabled Sports USA adaptive sports

Marine wounded warrior Josh Wege snowboarding – Disabled Sports USA adaptive sports


[MUSIC PLAYING] My name is Josh [? Wagy. ?]
I am 21 years old. I’m from Campbellsport,
Wisconsin. I was a United States– or
am a United States marine. I was hurt in 2009 in
Afghanistan from an IED blast and, as a result, I lost
both my legs below the knee. I heard about Disabled Sports
and the Ski Spectacular through my time in hospital at
Walter Reed Army Medical Center when it was still Walter Reed. In my time there,
this snowboarding was my first event that
I was able to go do. When you are confined in a
hospital, it’s kind of tough. And they want you to
experience new things, and snowboarding
was one of those. And I came out, tried
it for the first time, and absolutely feel
in love with it. This year, I can fine
tune some things, so it’s a little more fun. I get to go faster
down the mountain. I actually ran into
Amy Purdy last year who is a bilateral amputee, just
like me– lost both her legs below the knee. And she’s become quite
a role model for me. And this year, actually,
she’s my instructor. So that’s been kind of
nice to get some tips from another bilateral. A good way to get
into your carves which will help you carve better is to
think of holding a basketball. And when you’re going to
ride on your heel edge, you bring your [? ball ?]
down to that bottom hip. And that’s going to drop your
shoulder so that you can easily get on your heel edge. And then when you’re ready
to get on your toe edge, you bring that ball
to your uphill foot. Through the Ski Spectacular
through snowboarding, you meet some pretty
incredible people and some very good connections. And it makes it possible
to pursue something, if you really do enjoy it. And I do happen to
love snowboarding. I got to go out to the X Games. And I would love
to pursue maybe– I don’t know if they have
a paralympic outlet yet, but, I mean, working on
my skills and honing them and maybe compete
later on in life.

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