Tyler Mosher broke his back in nine places while snowboarding at Whistler on December 30th, 2000. His L-1 vertebrae exploded on impact after falling 10 metres on to the top of his head leaving him permanently disabled and paralyzed below the waist. The prognosis at the time of injury was a complete spinal cord injury and Tyler would live in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. It isn’t easy for anyone to hear what they don’t want to believe. We all have road blocks and speed bumps thrown in front of us as we travel down our chosen paths, yet we all have choices.
Weeks after his injury and post reconstructive surgery, it was apparent his spinal cord injury was incomplete as Tyler began to regain some mobility. Although he was still told he would have to learn to live in his wheelchair for the rest of his life, with new hope of walking, Tyler chose to leave his chair in the corner of the room and get up and fall down until he didn’t fall down anymore.
Today, he is 40% paralyzed and you probably wouldn’t know it if you watched him walking down the street. Through perseverance, hard work, luck and help from loved ones and many others; Tyler not only walks but he is the 2009 World Champion in Adaptive Snowboarding and competed for Canada at the 2010 Winter Paralympic Games in Cross Country Skiing.
More recently, Tyler participated in the 2011 Winter X Games for the first ever Adaptive Boardercross and also completed all three World Birkebeiner 55km Ski Marathons in one year over a five week period, something less then 10 people have accomplished. In succeeding in this, he will receive the Haakon Haakonson Award. He finished his season with Para-Snowboard World Cup podium finishes.