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VOS Chris
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para snowboard
NPC Netherlands   
GenderMen
Age21
Place of BirthNoordbeemster, NED
Height1.65 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL1
Further Personal Information
Residence
Noordbeemster, NED
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
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 his leg 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 ahead of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Name of coach
Frank Germann [national], NED; Bell Berghuis [national], SUI
Training Regime
He includes mountain biking, skateboarding and surfing in his training schedule. "I call it playing outside and for me that works way better because I don't really like the gym."
Senior International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Netherlands
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Orcières, FRA
General Interest
Nicknames
Adaptive Chris (adaptivechris.com, 22 May 2013)
Hobbies
Wakeboarding, surfing, karting, scuba diving, windsurfing, watching Formula One, cooking, playing video games. (Athlete, 30 Jun 2016; paralympic.org, 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; adaptivechris.com, 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. (insidethegames.biz, 09 Mar 2015)
Other sports
His brother Lorenzo has represented the Netherlands in snowboard cross. (adaptivechris.com, 27 Nov 2013)
Impairment
In 2003 he sustained injuries to his right leg and his pelvis in an accident involving a digging machine. (Athlete, 22 May 2013)
Other information
FOUNDATION
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. A lot of times in the Netherlands you need to buy your own sporting leg or wheelchair and then there's no money for other equipment for your sport, so I really want to help people with [the money] I can get out of the foundation and make them realise their dream." (paralympic.org, 14 Mar 2019; adaptivechris.com, 11 Nov 2018)

AUTHOR
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." (paralympic.org, 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
3 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 51.87
2 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
7 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross Team Event  
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
2 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 39.25
1 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
1 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
WSF World Championships - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
14 2011/2012 Snowboardcross - Standing