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former Miss Waco competes in Para Snowboard Globe Championships in Spain


Mar 18, 2023

WACO, Texas (KWTX) – Former Miss Waco, Jamie Blanek, 33, who lost her leg two years ago following obtaining hit by a auto even even though stopping to render air to two young girls in an accident, has achieved an just about unheard-of feat by qualifying and participating in the Para Snowboard Globe Championships in Spain in her incredibly initial year competing.

She’s at the moment ranked 7th in the globe.

“I just go total force with all the items I want to do,” Blanek stated. “I’m determined to attain my objectives.”

Jamie underwent her most existing surgery four months ago but has beneath no situations let her accident hold her back.

Jamie Blanek(Courtesy Photos)

She spent the final three weeks competing in Europe, incredibly initial in Italy at the Europa Cup, and then Spain at the Globe Championship.

It is about more than a medal to Jamie as there is at the moment no snowboarding occasion in the Paralympics for athletes like her who are the most severely disabled in the decreased limb category.

Competing at this greater of a level is a substantial step toward making that come about.

Jamie incredibly initial competed in San Pellegrino, Italy in the Europa Cup in two events of boardercross, a type of snowboarding competitors precisely exactly where competitors race side-by-side on a specially produced course and banked slalom, a snowboard race held on a curvy course with tight banked turns. She placed 2nd in each and every events.

Jamie BlanekJamie Blanek(Courtesy Photo)

Jamie and other competitors worldwide with equivalent disabilities earned the possibility to go to Spain and train, but with no guarantees to genuinely compete.

“We have been obtaining observed all through all our instruction. We have been obtaining watched so they could see, ‘okay, is this athlete safe? Are they capable of undertaking these courses?’ Then we had to be voted on and authorized, and then wild carded in. So, it wasn’t even assured we’d get to compete just by going to Spain, nonetheless, we expected the numbers.”

Jamie ended up placing 7th in each and every events at the Globe Championships.

“I have been instruction seriously hard, so to be ranked 7th in the globe, is astounding,” she stated.

Jamie BlanekJamie Blanek(Courtesy Photos)

Jamie is returning Friday to the United States precisely exactly where she’s been instruction at the National Possible Center is Park City, Utah thinking about the truth that December 2021.

Her subsequent competitors is the national championships in Colorado in April.

Jamie is element of the Improvement Group with Group USA, and has her eyes set on her subsequent considerable aim, competing at the Winter Paralympics in 2026.

“To be precisely exactly where I’m at with my sport, and my life in popular, only two years following this just about fatal accident, is genuinely exceptional,” Blanek stated, “I’m so grateful to not only be alive but to be living a life of target, and I get to do what I genuinely like each day.”

“That’s point I can give to the globe is to show them by suggests of my actions a thing is attainable.”

Jamie BlanekJamie Blanek(Courtesy Photos)