Chris Vos is only 21 but already has an outstanding snowboard resume. He owns four World Championship gold medals, numerous World Cup crystal globe titles, and a Paralympic Winter Games medal from PyeongChang 2018.
It helped that the youngster began the sport early, being a protégé of legendary Paralympic and world champion Bibian Mentel-Spee.
He was only 16 years old when he competed at Sochi 2014, where snowboard debuted in the Paralympics. His 13th place finish in snowboard-cross was just a hint of his potential in future Games.
Vos stunned the sport at the 2015 World Championships, storming to double gold in banked slalom and snowboard-cross in the men’s SB-LL1 at just the age of 17.
That season, he also finished atop the World Cup rankings for his classification after four podium finishes. And he repeated the two World Cup wins the following season.
Vos’ talent continued to shine even brighter after retaining his titles at the 2017 Worlds in Big White, Canada; he also won the men's SB-LL1 snowboard-cross crystal globe in 2016-17. But, in the banked slalom, he was overcome by the USA's Mark Mann, the very man who spoiled Vos’ golden hopes at PyeongChang 2018. The Dutchman felt even more disappointment when he fell short of the PyeongChang banked slalom podium.
But with youth on his side, Vos expressed his determination to make up for his PyeongChang results, especially with Beijing 2022 to look forward to.
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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)
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)
|Men's Para Snowboard Cross Standing||Final Round||2014-03-14||13|
|Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1||Race 1||2015-02-24||1|
|Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL1||Race 1||2015-02-28||1|
|Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1||Race 1||2017-02-04||1|
|Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL1||Race 1||2017-02-07||1|
|Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1||Final||2018-03-12||2|
|Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL1||Final||2018-03-16||4|
|Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL1||Race 1||2019-03-27||3|
|Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1||Race 1||2019-03-30||2|