Curt Minard retires after several years of success on the slopes – Vernon News

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A famous Paralympian from Vernon hangs up his snowboard.

Curt Minard is retiring after several successful years on the slopes.

Minard entered the competitive snowboard scene in 2016 competing in the Upper Limb category in snowboardcross and bench slalom.

Minard lost his right arm in a work accident.

“In 2008, I was involved in a 14,400 volt electrical contact accident, me being the outlet and the ground point, I suffered fatal injuries and I almost died three times in the unit. burning, “Minard told Castanet in 2018 before heading to his first Paralympic Winter Games at PyeongChang.

Minard was successful in his first racing season in 2016 with a gold medal in two NorAm races at Big White Ski Resort.

He also won the title of Canadian national champion the same year.

Minard landed on the Canada Para NextGen team the following year, defending his title of Canadian champion, competing in his first of two races at the IPC World Championship and strengthening his resume with a bronze medal at the World Cup. on the Pyeongchang Olympic route in 2017.

He was nominated to the Canadian National Para Team where he represented Team Canada at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, achieving two top 10 – 6th in snowboardcross and 8th in bench slalom.

“It has taken an army of family, friends, specialists, sponsors behind me over the years to shape the result and you all have a place in my heart #for always a special thank you to my wife who shined my boards with love in every race, “said Minard. Canada Snowboard. “It was a path that was never easy and my journey in sport has shaped my character.”

“Curt has been an integral part of the para-snowboard program for several years and has helped shape the program as it is today. I met Curt for the first time in winter 2016 and it was easy to see even then his courage and his determination to advance his snowboard. Curt was a supportive teammate and a fierce competitor – leaving everything he had on the track, “said Kim Krahulec, high performance manager for speed teams.

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