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, 2018 and 2019 road worlds as well as the 2018 and 2019 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.