Owen Pick was just 18 years old when he was blown up by a landmine, just three months into his first tour of duty. He began snowboarding just 5 years ago.
Owen, who served with the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, has confounded experts by racing through the ranks to claim a spot on the GB team in Peyongchang and has fast become an inspiration to disabled and injured youngsters.
Now aged 26, he said: “I can’t really believe I’ve made it this far because losing a leg at 18 years old is not exactly a good career move.”
Owen, of Cambridge, added: “My right leg was wrecked so it had to be amputated below the knee.”
“I’d always wanted to be a soldier and had gone through the cadets but, instead of a career stretching out in front of me, I was on the scrapheap at 18.”
Owen was medically discharged from the Army and was later taken on a ski course by Blesma, the Limbless Veterans charity, where his talent shone through instantly.
He said: “I had never been on snow before so didn’t know what to expect but the course was brilliant and I just loved snowboarding.”