Chris Williamson, para-alpine skiing

Chris Williamson is a three-time Paralympic medallist in para-alpine skiing. (Courtesy Canadian Paralympic Committee)

One of the world’s most decorated para-alpine athletes, Chris Williamson is a three-time Paralympic medallist – including a gold from Salt Lake City in 2002 – and has an incredible 105 IPC World Cup podiums to his name. As the most veteran member of the Canadian team, Williamson has had a prolific career.

The father of two has won more than a dozen world championship medals, including two gold, as well as eight IPC Crystal Globes and multiple national championship titles.

Sochi is Williamson’s fourth Winter Paralympics, and he fought his way to the Games from injuries sustained in 2011-12, and in 2013. He won in slalom at the 2013 IPC World Cup finals in Sochi, Russia, and is eager to repeat his performance at what will likely be his final Paralympics. Williamson, who competes in the visually impaired category, believes determination and the will to compete are key ingredients to his storied racing career.

When home in Toronto, Ont., Williamson balances skiing and training with a full-time job and spending time with his wife and two children. He keeps a photo book of his family in his backpack at all of his races, so they can be close to him every time he pushes out of the start gate.