Last week, 2014 United States Paralympic para-snowboarder Tyler Burdick had his right leg amputated, resulting in him becoming a double amputee. Burdick is planning to be back on his board by April 1. Last year, he finished eighth in the men’s snowboard cross event in Sochi. His goal is to be be able to walk on both legs using prosthesis by March 1. From there, he plans to work on getting to the snow. His end goal is to be ready for next year’s IPC snowboarding event which kicks off in the Netherlands in November.
Burdick was quoted by US Paralympics yesterday as saying, “I can’t wait to get out there and give them a little April Fools’ joke when they see me snowboarding.” They are also reporting that Burdick was up and out of bed four days after surgery, and making jokes with family members in Salt Lake City.
In 2010, following injuries while serving as a Navy hospital corpsman with the 6th Marine Regiment, he lost the bottom part of both of his legs in Afghanistan. He had additional surgery on September 28 of last year to remove more of his left leg. The extent of his injuries necessitated more of his legs to be amputated later.