Name: Chris Waddell
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Event(s): Downhill, Giant Slalom, Slalom, Super-G; 200-meter
DOB: 9/28/1968
Birthplace: Eaglebrook, Mass.
Hometown: Park City, Utah
High School: Eaglebrook School
College: Middlebury College
Paralympic Experience
  • Seven-time Paralympian (1992, 1994, 1998,2000, 2002); 13-time Paralympic medalist (5 golds, 6 silver, 2 bronzes)
  • Albertville 1992, alpine skiing, silver (giant slalom, slalom)
  • Lillehammer 1994, alpine skiing, gold (downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super-G)
  • Nagano 1998, alpine skiing, gold (downhill) and silver (slalom, super-G)
  • Sydney 2000, track and field, silver (200-meter)
  • Salt Lake City 2002, alpine skiing, silver (downhill) and bronze (slalom, giant Slalom)
Personal: Born in Methuen, Massachusetts…Attended Eaglebrook School…Most decorated male monoskier in history and tied for most overall skiing medals with U.S. skier Greg Mannino (12)…Spent 11 years on the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team winning 32 national titles…Skier at Middlebury College before skiing accident left him paralyzed from the waist down…First paraplegic to summit Mt Kilimanjaro nearly unassisted on a handcycle in September of 2009…Published his first book called “Things I Want to Remember Not to Forget” in 2015, based on his Middlebury College Commencement Speech that landed on NPR’s list of The Best Graduation Speeches, Ever, along with three children’s books…Founder of One Revolution and Nametags…Renown keynote speaker around the world…Cycled in the Boston Marathon…Inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Paralympic Hall of Fame in 2010…Declared one “of the 50 most beautiful people in the world” by People magazine in 1998...Has served as a commentator for NBC at the Paralympic Games…Ambassador for Athletes for Hope…Married to Jean Oelwang.