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US snowboarder Tyler Burdick has right leg amputated

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Tyler Burdick. Image credit: Joe Kusmoto

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.

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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.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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