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Chris Devlin-Young

Alpine Skiing

Devlin Young
  • 1994
  • 2002
  • 2006
  • 2010
  • 2014

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Height: 5-9
Weight: 150
Classification: LW12-1, Sitting
Date of Birth: Dec. 26, 1962
Birthplace: San Diego, Calif.
Hometown: Bethlehem, N.H.  
Current Residence: Campton, N.H.
High School: Nooksack Valley HS (Everson, Wash.) ‘79
College: Flathead Valley Community College (Kalispell, Mont.)
Military Service Branch: United States Coast Guard
Military Rank: Petty Officer Third Class
Military Status: Retired
Coach: Kevin Jardine

Career Highlights

  • 2014: Paralympic Winter Games, 10th downhill; Huntsman Cup, 5th slalom; World Cup Panorama, 3rd downhill, 8th giant slalom, 10th super combined, 14th super-G; World Cup Tignes, France, 5th super combined, 6th downhill run 1, 9th downhill run 2; World Cup Copper Mountain, 16th giant slalom; NorAm Aspen, 3rd downhill; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships, 3rd downhill
  • 2013: World Championships, 5th downhill, 8th slalom; World Cup Mt. Hutt, 1st slalom; World Cup Panorama, 3rd downhill
  • 2011: World Championships, 1st super-G, 1st mono skier X
  • 2010: Paralympic Winter Games, 4th super-G, 6th super combined; World Cup, Sestriere, Italy, 2nd super G
  • 2009: World Cup Whistler, 2nd downhill, 2nd downhill, 4th super combined
  • 2008: World Cup champion, super-G (eight podium finishes); ESPN Winter X Games, 3rd mono skier X
  • 2006: Paralympic Winter Games, silver downhill, 4th giant slalom; World Cup, 1st super-G; 2nd overall World Cup standings
  • 2005: ESPN Winter X Games, 1st mono skier X; World Cup champion super-G (3 wins), 2nd, giant slalom (5 wins)
  • 2004: World Championships, 1st giant slalom, 1st slalom
  • 2002: Paralympic Winter Games, gold super-G, silver downhill
  • 1994: Paralympic Winter Games, gold slalom

Personal

Chris Devlin-Young, a Paralympic veteran, made his fourth Paralympic Winter Games appearance in Vancouver in 2010. He is a four-time Paralympic Winter Games medalist and shows no signs of slowing down.

Chris Devlin-Young’s first Paralympic Winter Games appearance was in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway, where he earned a gold medal in slalom. At the Lillehammer Games, he competed in the LW-1 class as a “four-tracker” using two skis and outriggers. In 2002 in Salt Lake City, he won a gold medal in super G and a silver medal in downhill as a monoskier (LW 12-1). His performance made him the first Paralympian in history to medal in two different disability classes. Devlin-Young also earned silver in Torino in 2006. He narrowly missed the podium in Vancouver, taking a fourth-place finish in super G. He didn't let that deter his season, however, as he came back and claimed gold in that same discipline at the 2010 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships.

While serving in Alaska with the Coast Guard in 1982, a plane crash completely paralyzed Devlin-Young from the knees down and partially paralyzed him below his waist. He was introduced to skiing and racing at the first Veterans Administration Winter Sports clinic, and in keeping with his personal promise to give back, he coached the first race development camp for injured veterans. Devlin-Young says he has "dedicated [himself] to learning all [he] can about disabled skiing and teaching that knowledge to others."

One of Devlin-Young's greatest career highlights came off the mountain when he was inducted into the California Sports Hall of Fame with baseball player Troy Glaus and football star LaDainian Tomlinson. When not skiing and training, Devlin-Young builds wheelchair-accessible furniture.


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