WACO, Texas (KWTX) – Former Miss Waco, Jamie Blanek, 33, who lost her leg two years ago immediately after getting hit by a auto even though stopping to render air to two young girls in an accident, has accomplished an pretty much unheard-of feat by qualifying and participating in the Para Snowboard Planet Championships in Spain in her 1st year competing.

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

“I just go complete force with all the things I want to do,” Blanek mentioned. “I’m determined to attain my ambitions.”

Jamie underwent her most up-to-date surgery 4 months ago but has never ever 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 Planet Championship.

It is about a lot 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 reduce limb category.

Competing at this higher of a level is a large step toward generating that take place.

Jamie 1st competed in San Pellegrino, Italy in the Europa Cup in two events of boardercross, a kind of snowboarding competitors exactly where competitors race side-by-side on a specially developed 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 opportunity to go to Spain and train, but with no guarantees to really compete.

“We had been getting observed throughout all our instruction. We had been getting watched so they could see, ‘okay, is this athlete secure? Are they capable of performing 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, even so, we necessary the numbers.”

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

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

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 due to the fact 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 major purpose, competing at the Winter Paralympics in 2026.

“To be exactly where I’m at with my sport, and my life in common, only two years immediately after this pretty much fatal accident, is really outstanding,” Blanek mentioned, “I’m so grateful to not only be alive but to be living a life of goal, and I get to do what I appreciate every day.”

“That’s issue I can present to the planet is to show them by way of my actions something is probable.”

Jamie BlanekJamie Blanek(Courtesy Pictures)

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