With the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games now less than a year away, Red Lodge’s Owen Pick seems to have found top form at the right time.
The former Mildenhall College pupil recently claimed his first major medal, picking up the silver at the World Championships in Canada last month.
And the para-snowboarder backed up that success shortly after with two podium finishes at the World Cup in Spain.
The British SB-LL2 rider is now counting down the days until his debut at a Paralympic Winter Games, which will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea next March.
It is some achievement for the 25-year-old, who has only been on the World Para Snowboard circuit for the best part of three years.
Pick’s first appearance at a Paralympic Winter Games is the latest move in his quest to conquer adversity, following a life changing moment in the summer of 2011.
In August 2011, Pick had his lower right leg removed 18 months after having it blown off while serving with the British Army in Afghanistan.
A chance invite from Blesma, an Armed Forces charity assisting veterans with a limb deficiency, saw him try out para-snowboarding for the first time.
Fast forward to 2017 and Pick is competing with the best para-snowboarders in the world.
The latest World Para Snowboard rankings as we went to press (up to February 20) show that Pick is ranked third in the Men’s Banked Slalom SB-LL2 rankings, while in the Men’s Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 rankings he is currently in sixth place.
Pick posted on Twitter last Thursday: ‘Officially 1 YEAR TO GO today until I will be back here in South Korea for the Paralympics 2018.’