KLEBL, Chris

Chris Klebl, of Canmore, Alta., has competed for both the U.S. and Canada. The cross-country skier has two World Cup medals headed into the Sochi Games.

Snowboarder turned skier headed for 3rd Paralympic Games

Cross-country sit-skier Chris Klebl, 42, was born in Dusseldorf, Germany, and grew up in Austria. An American citizen, he moved to the U.S. in 1987. In 2005, he suffered a back injury while snowboarding in Colorado, and was left paralyzed from the waist down.

But by 2006, he was a member of the American Para-nordic team, and went on to compete at the 2006 Paralympic Games in Turin, Italy, and the 2010 Games in Vancouver. Over the course of his time with them, he won more than dozen World Cup medals and 11 U.S. national titles.

In 2011, he moved to Canmore, Alta., to join the Canadian national team for the 2011 world championship, where he won gold in the 15-kilometre and silver in the sprint. The following season, Klebl racked up six World Cup medals to leave no doubt he would be a serious medal contender heading into Sochi 2014.

At the World cup in Cable, Wisc., in January 2012, Klebl won the silver medal in the 15-kilometre, four months after breaking his leg.

In six years with the U.S. team, he earned more than a dozen World cup medals as well as 11 u.S. national titles.

Courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee