Canada’s Chris Klebl completed a shock victory at Sochi 2014, crossing the men’s 10km cross-country sitting finish line in first place.
His performance was an incredible upturn in form, having finished far away from the medals at the 2013 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships in Solleftea, Sweden, just 12 months before.
Now ranked amongst the top cross-country skiers in the world, behind Ukraine’s Maksim Yarovyi, Klebl’s comeback from an abysmal 2013 Worlds started with two wins in the 2014 IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup.
That cemented his potential shown in 2011 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, where he topped the podium in the men’s 15km cross-country sitting and won silver in the 1km sprint.
Klebl was born in Germany as a US citizen, competing for America at Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010. However in 2011, he made the switch to Canada who he will be flying the flag for at the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing World Championships inFinsterau, Germany.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
He suffered a broken leg in September 2011 returning four months later to win a silver medal in the 15km race at the 2012 World Cup in Cable, WI, United States of America. (paralympic.ca, 12 Feb 2014)
Born in Germany as a US citizen, he grew up in neighbouring Austria where he skied and snowboarded regularly before moving to the United States of America in 1987. He represented the United States of America in para-Nordic skiing at the 2006 and 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. In 2011 he began competing for Canada. (usparalympics.org, 14 Mar 2011; usparalympics.org, 08 Mar 2010; usskiteam.com, 14 Mar 2011; IPC, 24 Jan 2013)
|Men's 5 km Sitski||Final Round||23|
|Men's 10 km Sitski||Final Round||18|
|Men's 15 km Sitski||Final Round||11|
|Men's 1x3.75/2x5 km Relay Open||Final Round||6|
|Men's 1 km Sprint Sitting||Qualification||9|
|Men's 10 km Sitting||Final Round||16|
|Men's 15 km Sitting||Final Round||8|
|Men's Sprint - Classic Sitting||Final||2013-02-25||13|
|Men's Long Distance - Classic Sitting||Final||2013-02-26||19|
|Men's Middle Distance - Classic Sitting||Final||2013-03-05||21|
|Men's 15 km Sitting||Final Round||2014-03-09||6|
|Men's 1 km Sprint Sitting||Semifinal||2014-03-12||7|
|4x2.5 km Open Relay||Final Round||2014-03-15||4|
|Men's 10 km Sitting||Final Round||2014-03-16||1|
|Men's Long Distance - Free Style Sitting||Race 1||2015-01-25||4|
|Men's Sprint - Classic Sitting||Race 1||2015-01-28||13|
|Men's Middle Distance - Classic Sitting||Race 1||2015-01-31||5|
|Men's 15km Sitting||Final||2018-03-11||8|
|Men's 1.1km Sprint Sitting||Final||2018-03-14||11|
|Men's 7.5km Sitting||Final||2018-03-17||6|
|4x2.5km Mixed Relay||Final||2018-03-18||2|