Getting to know....Chris Klebl

March 08, 2010, 12:11 p.m. (ET)

Chris Klebl grew up skiing and snowboarding his entire life in Austria, however a mishap on the ski hill changed his life. In 1995 he was paralyzed from the waist down as a result of a snowboarding accident. Despite his newly acquired disability, Klebl started adaptive sports including handcycling and eventually Nordic skiing.

In 2008 Klebl made his mark on the international cross country skiing scene with a fourth place finish in the overall World Cup standings and posted wins in the 10k and 15k.

Fast Facts

  • Teammate Monica Bascio introduced Klebl to the Nordic skiing after the two met as handcyclers.
  • Member of the 2006 Paralympic Team that competed in Torino, Italy
  • Resides in Heber City, Utah
  • Has a degree in Economics

Top Ten with Chris Klebel

1.         Q: What's on your nightstand?
            A: Water bottle, ear plugs, eyeshade

2.         Q: What book you did recently finish or reading currently?
            A: Hard Rain by Barry Eisler 

3.         Q: Besides Nordic skiing, do you participate in any other sports?
            A: No, not at this time

4.         Q: Where were you born?
            A: Born in Dusseldorf, Germany but grew up in nearby Austria

5.         Q: When did you move to the United States?
            A: I moved to the US in 1987 but had citizenship at birth.

6.         Q: What's something not a lot of people know about you?
            A: I am a night owl, which requires constant behavior modification so that I am awake and rested to train.

7.         Q: Have you ever been to Canada before?
            A: Dozens of times, six times to the Olympic and Paralympic venue in Vancouver.

8.         Q: Where did you attend college?
            A: Syracuse University, Economics degree

9.         Q: Do you train full time or are you working in addition to training?
            A: Training full time

10.       Q: Who is someone you would love to meet?
            A: Ken Wilber (American author and theorist)