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VOS Chris
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para snowboard
NPC Netherlands   
GenderMen
Age20
Place of BirthNoordbeemster, NED
Height1.65 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL1
Further Personal Information
Residence
Noordbeemster, NED
Languages
Dutch, English, German, Spanish
Higher education
Johan Cruyff College: Netherlands
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.
Club / Team
Team Foundation Mentelity: Netherlands
Name of coach
Frank Germann [national]
Training Regime
He trains 10 times a week.
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. (adaptivechris.com, 22 May 2013; Athlete, 30 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I can do everything like everybody." (Athlete, 22 May 2013)
Awards and honours
He was named the International Paralympic Committee's [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)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Twitter profile, 11 Sep 2017)
Impairment
He sustained injuries to his right leg and pelvis in an accident involving a digging machine in 2003. (Athlete, 22 May 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
14 2011/2012 Snowboardcross - Standing  
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