Owen Pick wins for world para-snowboarding medals
Red Lodge-based Owen Pick para-snowboarder is basking in the glory of having won four gold medals in recent weeks.
In 2011, Pick had his right leg amputated below the knee as the result of an injury suffered while serving the Royal Anglian Regiment in Afghanistan.
He soon took up snowboarding and in 2018 he represented Great Britain at the Winter Paralympics, where he was given the honour of being the nation’s flag bearer.
A medal eluded the former Mildenhall College Academy pupil on that occasion, but he has more than made up for that of late.
On February 8, Pick triumphed at the Dew Tour in the USA, before two more gold medals were secured at the World Para Snowboard World Cup in La Molina, Spain.
And that was followed by more success in the Norwegian ski resort of Lillehammer on March 11.
Speaking to military charity Blesma, The Limbless Veterans after his first win at the Dew Tour, Pick said: “Winning gold was pretty rad, especially at Dew Tour.
“It is an invite only competition, and they only invite the top adaptive snowboarders in the world regardless of their disability.”
“The weather conditions were terrible. We had a metre of snow overnight that buried the course.
“Officials had to almost rebuild the course in a space of a few hours. It makes the snow go mega soft, so it becomes a super technical race.
“I tried to take the course as gently as possible. Loads of pressure would mean you would sink and stop dead.”
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