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VOS Chris
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para snowboard
NPC Netherlands   
Place of BirthNoordbeemster, NED
Height1.65 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Noordbeemster, NED
Dutch, English, German, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding at age seven. He received a prosthesis at age 13, which allowed him to bend fully while snowboarding.
Why this sport?
He was inspired by watching Dutch snowboarder Nicolien Sauerbreij win gold at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. His parents contacted the local association, and they later got in touch with Dutch Para snowboarder Bibian Mentel, who introduced him to the sport and mentored him to the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Name of coach
Frank Germann [national], NED; Bell Berghuis [national], SUI
Training Regime
He trains 10 times a week.
Senior International Debut
Competing for
World Cup
Orcières, FRA
General Interest
Adaptive Chris (, 22 May 2013)
Wakeboarding, surfing, karting, scuba diving, windsurfing, watching Formula One, cooking, playing video games. (Athlete, 30 Jun 2016;, 15 Dec 2016)
Most influential person in career
His parents and his brother Lorenzo, as well as Bibian Mentel and her husband Edwin Spee. (Athlete, 30 Jun 2016)
Hero / Idol
Para snowboarders Bibian Mentel, Amy Purdy and Evan Strong, Dutch Para alpine skier KJ van der Klooster, Dutch Para sprinter Marlou van Rhijn, Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff. (Athlete, 30 Jun 2016;, 22 May 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I can do everything like everybody." (Athlete, 22 May 2013)
Awards and honours
He was named the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Athlete of the Month for February 2015. (, 09 Mar 2015)
Other sports
His brother Lorenzo has represented the Netherlands in snowboardcross. (, 27 Nov 2013)
To win a medal at the 2019 World Championships in Pyha, Finland. (, 24 Jul 2018)
He sustained injuries to his right leg and his pelvis in an accident involving a digging machine in 2003. (Athlete, 22 May 2013)
Other information
In November 2018 he set up the Chris Vos Foundation. The organisation aims to help children and young adults with an impairment get involved in sport and exercise. "After all I have achieved, I find it very nice to inspire and get other people involved. The integration of people with an impairment in this area deserves full attention." (, 11 Nov 2018)

In 2018 he released a book called 'Xtreme'. "It is my story from a five-year-old to now. The first three months after my accident is written by my mother straight out of her diary and how I became me, with the struggles we had to get a normal life. It is about how every step literally was victory for us. The book describes how I got into snowboarding, the people who are important to me, all the ups and downs. The victory and the losses. The books says it all." (, 24 Jul 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014/2015 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
1 2014/2015 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:36.61
1 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
1 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:12.71
Paralympic Games - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
13 2014 Snowboardcross - Standing 2:00.72
2 2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
4 2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 54.28
World Cup Finals - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
1 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
1 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
1 2015/2016 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 59.19
1 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
1 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
5 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:11.59
3 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:23.07
WSF World Championships - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
14 2011/2012 Snowboardcross - Standing