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Chris Williamson

Alpine Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
B3
Guide
Nick Brush

Further personal information

Family
Wife Jennifer, children Haley and Alexander
Residence
Markham, ON, CAN
Occupation
Banker
Languages
English
Higher education
Economics - University of Manitoba: Winnipeg, MB, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing in 1997.

International debut

Year
1998
Competing for
Canada

General interest

Nicknames
Spyder, Crew (alpinecanada.org, 07 Feb 2013)
Hobbies
Spending time with his family. (paralympique.ca, 17 Jan 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in slalom at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, despite competing with damaged knee ligaments. (alpinecanada.org, 07 Feb 2013)
Injuries
In August 2013 he sustained a tibial plateau fracture to his left leg. He had surgery on the fracture. (alpinecanada.org, 15 Aug 2013)

He missed the 2011/12 season because of a wrist injury which required four operations. (firsttracksonline.com, 20 Apr 2012)

Two days before the start of the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, he fell during training and tore knee ligaments. He missed three events, but managed to race on the last day and win gold. (alpinecanada.org, 07 Feb 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He takes a photo album of his family with him to every competition. (paralympique.ca, 17 Jan 2015)
Other sports
He was previously a speed skater but retired soon after competing at the 1987 Canada Winter Games, because of a broken leg and ankle. (paralympic.ca, 25 Aug 2009)
Famous relatives
His father Peter competed in cycling at the 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, MB, Canada, and in speed skating at the 1968 Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble. His brothers Tyler and Reece competed in speed skating at the 2003 and 2007 Canada Winter Games respectively. (paralympic.ca, 25 Aug 2009)
Impairment
He has macular degeneration caused by toxoplasmosis and retains about 6% of his visual field. (vancouver2010.com, 21 Mar 2010)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He announced his retirement from competitive para-alpine skiing in April 2015. (paralympic.org, 13 Apr 2015)

LAST MINUTE SWITCH
He was forced to switch guides in the week leading up to the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi. Williamson joined up with Nick Brush, who was his guide at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, after regular partner Robin Femy switched to compete with Williamson's Canadian teammate Mac Marcoux. The change came about after Marcoux's guide [and older brother] Billy Joe had to withdraw from the event with a back injury. (newswire.ca, 05 Mar 2014)

DOCUMENTARY STAR
In February 2014, he starred in a three-part documentary series called Milestones of Champions: The Journey of Canada's Paralympians. The series focused on eight Canadian athletes, highlighting their achievements and the challenges that they faced while preparing for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (ami.ca, 12 Feb 2014, sochi2014.com, 03 Mar 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom B3 Final Round 1
Men's Super-G B1-3 Final Round 5
Men's Giant Slalom B3 Final Round 5
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Visually impaired Final Round 6
Men's Downhill Visually impaired Final Round 9999
Men's Super-G Visually impaired Final Round 6
Men's Super Combined Visually impaired Final Round 4
Men's Giant Slalom Visually impaired Final Round 4
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Visually impaired Final Round 3
Men's Downhill Visually impaired Final Round 2
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom VI Final 2009-02-20 2
Men's Super-G VI Run 2 2009-02-24 1
Men's Downhill VI Final 2009-02-28 3
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill VI Final 2011-01-16 3
Men's Super-G VI Final 2011-01-18 2
Men's Super-Combined VI Final 2011-01-19 3
Men's Slalom VI Final 2011-01-20 3
Men's Giant Slalom VI Final 2011-01-21 9999
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill VI Race 1 2013-02-20 3
Men's Super-G VI Race 1 2013-02-21 2
Men's Slalom VI Race 1 2013-02-24 9999
Men's Super-Combined VI Race 1 2013-02-25 1
Men's Giant Slalom VI Race 1 2013-02-26 3
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-13 3
Men's Giant Slalom Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-15 5