Ross Wilson on the racing track in Rio
Ross Wilson headshot

Ross Wilson

Birthdate

Sport(s)

Para cycling

Hometown

Sherwood Park, AB

Ross Wilson hasn’t slowed down since his triple medal performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. In his first major event after the Games, he swept gold in all three events at the 2017 World Track Championships in Los Angeles. He has collected medals at the 2017 and 2018 road worlds as well as the 2018 track worlds.

In Rio, he was part of Canada’s most successful sport at the Games with silver in the individual pursuit and bronze in the kilo on the track and silver in the time trial on the road.

He had a tough 2015: in June, Wilson was preparing for the road worlds in Switzerland. A car backed out of a parking stall and struck him while he was cycling around 30 kilometres per hour. He flew through the back window, breaking his clavicle, some ribs and vertebrae and requiring hundreds of stitches.

Remarkably, Wilson competed three months later at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games. But disaster struck again. A crash during a race left him with more than 100 stitches in his shoulder, forcing him to temporarily leave the sport he was so passionate about.

In March 2016, he returned to win his second consecutive silver medal in the 3000-m at the Para cycling Track World Championships.

Year Type
Host City
Medals
2016 Summer
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Triple medallist at 2016 Paralympic Games… 2015 Parapan American Games… 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 World Championships.

 

PERSONAL

Vice-chair of the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s Athlete Council…Chartered accountant… Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta… He purchased a road bike for himself in 2012 as his reward for losing 100 pounds… He has a neurological condition called Charcot-Marie-Tooth-Disease

 

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2018 World Cup (Baie-Comeau, CAN), time trial 3rd

2018 World Cup (Baie-Comeau, CAN), road race, 2nd

2018 World Road Championships, time trial, 2nd

2018 World Track Championships, individual pursuit, 2nd

2018 World Track Championships, kilo, 4th

2018 World Track Championships, scratch race, 2nd

2017 World Road Championships, time trial, 2nd

2017 World Road Championships, road race, 4th

2017 World Track Championships, individual pursuit, 1st

2017 World Track Championships, kilo, 1st

2017 World Track Championships, scratch race, 1st

2016 Paralympic Games, road time trial, 2nd

2016 Paralympic Games, ind. pursuit, 2nd

2016 Paralympic Games, kilo, 3rd

2016 World Track Championship, ind. pursuit 2nd

2016 World Track Championship, time trial 4th

2015 World Track Championships, ind. pursuit 2nd

2014 World Road Championships, time trial 6th

2014 World Road Championships, road race 7th