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Owen: I can Pick a winner; PARALYMPICS.

IT took having his leg amputated for Owen Pick to feel himself again.

The 26-year-old was injured by an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan. Initially his leg was saved, but months of excruciating pain prompted the decision to have it amputated and Pick felt rejuvenated.

He is now poised to compete at his first Winter Paralympics on a snowboard - a sport he first encountered on TV while in his hospital bed.

"They saved my leg originally. I spent about 18 months trying to fix it and get on with it. It just wasn't working said Pick. "It turned me into not a very nice person, because I was constantly in pain. There wasn't a moment in the day where the pain had gone. Once I had it amputated I was back to being Owen again, which was a nice place to be. It was the best decision I ever made."

Pick, from Cambridge, first strapped on a snowboard as an amputee five years ago, but has not looked back.y GB's first Olympics or Paralympics gold on snow was won by visually-impaired skier Kelly Gallagher at the 2014 Sochi Paralympics. Pick is optimistic he can be a podium contender at the Pyeongchang Games, which opened today.

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