Paralympian Tyler Mosher goes for gold in snowboard debut
Mosher says tensions with Ukraine won't deter him for his quest for a medal
A paralympian originally from Wolfville says recent tensions in Ukraine will not distract him from his quest for gold in Russia.
Tyler Mosher will be competing in the snowboarding event. The sport is debuting at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi — an event Mosher lobbied to have included.
"It's the first time snowboarding will ever be in the paralympic games, which is something that I've been working on for 10 years now, so it's quite an amazing adventure it’s been for the last decade," he said.
Fourteen years ago, Mosher was told he might never walk again.
In his 20s, Mosher suffered a severe spinal cord injury in a snowboarding accident. With determination and grit he learned to walk again. He now has 60 per cent use of his legs.
Mosher said he isn't letting political events in Ukraine disturb his experience.
"It has nothing to do with me. I'm going there to compete in snowboarding and be an example to the rest of the world in what you're able to do versus what you might not think is possible. I'm really looking forward to that," he said.
"I've been there, I have no worries whatsoever."
Mosher's mom, Penny Hustins, will be in Sochi to watch her son compete.
"He was on a snowboard when he had his accident, so I'm very excited for him that it's come full circle and it's taken a long time and it's truly been a miracle," she said.
She said she's not letting international tensions spoil the moment.
"I'm just moving forward with my own mind. I cannot be concerned about anything except what is ahead of me, what's ahead of Tyler and the good times we're going to have when we get to Sochi," she said.
"Honestly, I'd be more worried about going down [Highway] 103 at this point on a wintry afternoon."
Mosher remains focused on his goal.
"I want to go there, I want to concentrate on doing my best and ideally being the fastest on that day and bringing home a medal for Canada," he said.
Hustins will be there to cheer her son on all the way.
"I'll just be thrilled when I get the bottom of that hill and look up — and down he comes. Go Tyler go!"
The 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi run from March 7 to March 16.