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Christopher Devlin-Young

Alpine Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-1

Further personal information

Residence
United States
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He was introduced to skiing and racing at the first National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports clinic in 1985/86. "I decided then and there to dedicate myself to racing and coaching other injured veterans."

International debut

Year
1990
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Winter Park, CO, USA

General interest

Nicknames
CDY (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Hobbies
Fishing, cycling, camping, hunting, repairing string musical instruments. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
At age 53 becoming the oldest gold medallist at the Winter X Games. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Most influential person in career
Para-skiing pioneer Dick Wilson and founder of the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic Sandy Trombetta. (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Any time, any place, any condition." (Athlete, 17 Jun 2016)
Awards and honours
He has been inducted into the California Sports Hall of Fame. (VANOC, 12 Feb 2010)

In 2003 and 2004 he was named Disabled Skier of the Year by Ski Racer Magazine. (VANOC, 12 Feb 2010)
Impairment
In 1982 he was serving in Alaska with the US Coast Guard when he was involved in a plane crash that paralysed him below the waist. (usparalympics.org, 17 Dec 2010)
Other information
X GAMES HISTORY
At age 53 he became the oldest athlete to win a medal at the Winter X Games, in 2015 in Aspen, CO, United States of America. In 2006 he won the first ever X Games mono-skiing gold medal. (wvnh.com, 06 Feb 2015)

NATIONAL FIRST
He was the first athlete with an impairment to compete in the US Freeski and Snowboarding Extreme Championships. (gocdy.com, 16 Mar 2013)

WORLD FIRST
He was the first athlete with an impairment to compete alongside an able-bodied team at the World Synchronised Ski Championships. (gocdy.com, 16 Mar 2013)

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 LW12 Final Round 6
Men's Downhill LW12 Final Round 2
Men's Super-G LW12 Final Round 1
Men's Giant Slalom LW12 Final Round 7
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 39
Men's Downhill Sitting Final Round 13
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 4
Men's Super Combined Sitting Final Round 7
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 9999
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 8
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 4
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 9999
Men's Downhill Sitting Final Round 2
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2009-02-21 7
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2009-02-23 1
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Final 2009-02-23 9
Men's Super-G Sitting Run 2 2009-02-24 5
Men's Downhill Sitting Final 2009-02-28 3
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final 2011-01-16 14
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2011-01-18 1
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Final 2011-01-19 9999
Men's Slalom Sitting Final 2011-01-20 12
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2011-01-21 4
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2013-02-20 5
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2013-02-21 5
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-24 8
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2013-02-25 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-26 9999
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final Round 2014-03-08 10
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 2014-03-09 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-15 9999
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2015-03-04 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2015-03-05 15
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2015-03-07 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-08 15
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-10 9999