Event: PGS

Height: 6-3
Weight: 225 lbs
Birthplace: Denver, Colo.
School: Colorado Mountain College
Club: Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard

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  • 2008: NorAm Champion
  • First transplant recipient to win an Olympic medal - PGS bronze 2002
  • Two-time Olympian - 1998, 2002
  • Three World Cup wins, seven other top-3s
  • 2007: Captured both PSL and PGS titles at U.S. champs
  • 2004: 3rd at World Cup Finals
  • 1998: 6th in GS at Olympics
  • 1997: US Open slalom champ

Chris Klug survived a liver transplant in 2000 and battled back to earn an Olympic bronze medal two years later. Most thought he never would race again, but Klug, one of snowboarding's premier ambassadors, was on the snow a few months following the operation...and he continues to inspire on and off his snowboard.

It was a year for level results for Klug who hit a high point on the World Cup with an eighth-place finish in Kreischberg, Austria. But the 2009 World Championship team member found some real success on the NorAm circuit, landing on the podium in third, as well as finishing fourth in the last two events of the year in Quebec.

Like many snowboarders, Klug was first drawn to the sport through his love of skateboarding. He rented a Burton Backhill in Bend, Ore., back in 1983 and was immediately hooked. He said he's "probably made more turns on a snowboard than anyone else and still loving it!"

2007 Worlds - 34th PSL, 24th PGS
2005 Worlds - 27th PSL, 15th PGS
2003 Worlds - 27th PSL, 7th PGS
2002 Olympic Winter Games - bronze
2001 Worlds - 34th PSL, 6th GS
1998 Olympic Winter Games - 6th PGS

Surfing, kiteboarding, mountain biking, ice cream, punk, backcountry riding and climbing. But all that is just for fun - he is really about, "promoting the life-saving message of donor awareness, traveling the country and sharing my message that transplants work and donors are heroes." Personal library: Power of One, Trinity, East of Eden. Rocks AFI, Linkin Park, Kings of Leon and Ben Harper.