• Tue. Mar 21st, 2023

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 soon after becoming hit by a car or truck when stopping to render air to two young girls in an accident, has accomplished an practically unheard-of feat by qualifying and participating in the Para Snowboard Globe Championships in Spain in her 1st year competing.

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

“I just go complete force with every little thing I want to do,” Blanek stated. “I’m determined to attain my ambitions.”

Jamie underwent her most up-to-date surgery 4 months ago but has by no means let her accident hold her back.

Jamie Blanek(Courtesy Pictures)

She spent the final 3 weeks competing in Europe, 1st in Italy at the Europa Cup, and then Spain at the Globe Championship.

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

Competing at this higher of a level is a big step toward producing that come about.

Jamie 1st competed in San Pellegrino, Italy in the Europa Cup in two events of boardercross, a form of snowboarding competitors exactly where competitors race side-by-side on a specially made course and banked slalom, a snowboard race held on a curvy course with tight banked turns. She placed 2nd in each 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 really compete.

“We have been becoming observed in the course of all our instruction. We have been becoming watched so they could see, ‘okay, is this athlete protected? 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, on the other hand, we required the numbers.”

Jamie ended up putting 7th in each events at the Globe Championships.

“I have been instruction genuinely challenging, so to be ranked 7th in the globe, is extraordinary,” she stated.

Jamie BlanekJamie Blanek(Courtesy Pictures)

Jamie is returning Friday to the United States exactly where she’s been instruction at the National Capability Center is Park City, Utah considering the fact that December 2021.

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

Jamie is aspect of the Improvement Group with Group USA, and has her eyes set on her subsequent massive purpose, competing at the Winter Paralympics in 2026.

“To be exactly where I’m at with my sport, and my life in basic, only two years soon after this practically fatal accident, is really outstanding,” Blanek stated, “I’m so grateful to not only be alive but to be living a life of goal, and I get to do what I really like each day.”

“That’s factor I can provide to the globe is to show them by way of my actions something is probable.”

Jamie BlanekJamie Blanek(Courtesy Pictures)