Overcoming Coma and Multiple Injuries, Paralympian Finally Wins Gold Medal at Beijing Winter Paralympics 2022

Published 03/09/2022, 2:19 PM EST
Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games – Para Snowboard -Men’s Snowboard Cross SB-LL1 Big Finals – Genting Snow Park, Zhangjiakou, China – March 7, 2022. Tyler Turner of Canada in action. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

There are a lot of inspiring stories coming out from the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Oksana Masters is dominating the Games with four Paralympic medals while other athletes are performing at their highest level too. One of those is, Canada’s Tyler Turner, who recently had his own moment of glory. After suffering from a near-fatal crash through skydiving five years ago, he has returned to the big stage and has won his Paralympic gold medal in snowboarding.

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In its truest sense, it is an incredible achievement. Coming back from a near-death sequence, Turner has now created history.

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Paralympian wins gold after a horrible crash

Five years ago, Turner suffered a caught in a horrifying skydiving incident, that saw him lose both his legs and also suffer injuries to his brain, spine, and pelvis. Moreover, he was in a coma for five days. But, fighting back and fighting hard, he has now returned to the sport and won his first Paralympic gold medal in the first-ever Paralympic snowboard cross big final. Notably, going back to his major crash, he flipped the pages of skydiving for inspiration as he won the gold medal. Truly, this was his road to redemption.

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“It took me completely away from the stress of racing because that can get to you. [Coach Greg Picard] and I were planning skydives right in the start gate for 20 minutes before.… Talk about making a dive plan and plan the jump, jump the plan,” said Turner.

The preparations for the final demanded he revisit his skydiving learnings. The duo discussed the skydiving routines which he experienced back in the day and channelized that into the snowboarding competition. Hence, that resulted in a gold medal victory.

Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games – Para Snowboard -Men’s Snowboard Cross SB-LL1 Big Finals – Genting Snow Park, Zhangjiakou, China – March 7, 2022. Mike Schultz of the United States, Wu Zhongwei of China, Tyler Turner of Canada and Chris Vos of the Netherlands in action. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

First-ever Paralympic snowboarding gold medal

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After his teammate, Lisa DeJong, won the silver medal, it was Turner’s turn to claim the victory. When the opportunity arrived, Turner left no stone unturned and cruised to victory, winning his first Paralympic gold medal.

Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games – Para Snowboard -Men’s Snowboard Cross SB-LL1 Big Finals – Genting Snow Park, Zhangjiakou, China – March 7, 2022. Tyler Turner of Canada in action. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Having overcome the toughest of ordeals, now, it is only upwards and onwards for Tyler Turner. Certainly, his story will be remembered for generations to come, as he will go down as a fighter and champion in sports history.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Post Graduation in Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the power forward, the respect he deserves.

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