Chris Klebl

Chris Klebl


Chris Klebl’s international adventures have led him to Canada where he has become one of the country’s top para-nordic skiers.  That was confirmed in the 2013-14 season as he earned an upset victory in the 10 kilometre event, one of his four races at the Sochi Paralympic Games.  Among his victims was Roman Petushkov of Russia who was vying for his seventh gold medal of the Games. It was Klebl’s first Games medal in three appearances.

Klebl was born in Dusseldorf, Germany as a U.S. citizen and grew up in Austria. He headed to the U.S. in 1987. Klebl was on the American para-nordic team at the 2006 and 2010 Paralympic Games. He suffered the back injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down in a snowboarding accident in Colorado in 1995. He moved north to Canmore, Alta., to join the Canadian national team for the 2011 world championship at which he took the world crown in the 15-kilometre and silver in the sprint. The following season, Klebl racked up six World Cup medals to leave no doubt he would be a serious medal contender heading into Sochi 2014. 

At the World Cup in Cable, Wisconsin in January, 2012, Klebl won the silver medal in the 15-kilometre, four months after breaking his leg.

In six years with the U.S. team, the University of Syracuse economics graduate earned more than a dozen World Cup medals as well as 11 U.S. national titles.


Competed at two Paralympic Games for the U.S. (2006 and 2010) and one for Canada (2014)… For Canada, won six World Cup medals in 2012-13 and earned gold in the 15 km and silver in the sprint at the 2011 world championships... With the U.S. collected more than a dozen World Cup medals and 11 U.S. National titles.


Competed for the United States at the 2006 and 2010 Paralympic Games.  Moved to Canada for the 2010-11 season.


GETTING INTO THE SPORT: he grew up alpine skiing and snowboarding in Austria.

ODDS AND ENDS: was also a runner and rower in high school… a broken wrist hampered his chances to make the U.S. National Junior Rowing Team… worked as a massage therapist in Hawaii and the software industry in California… was initially in hand-cycling after his injury before a friend suggested sit-skiing… three months later he competed at his first World Cup.



2014 Sochi ParalympicsPara-Nordic skiing10km Sitting - Mensgold


Games Sport Event Result
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Nordic skiing 15km Sitting - Mens 6
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Nordic skiing 10km Sitting - Mens 1
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Nordic skiing 1km Sprint Sitting - Men 5
2014 Sochi Paralympics Para-Nordic skiing 4 x 2.5km Relay - Mixed 10