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Chris Klug

Full name: Christopher Jeffries "Chris" Klug
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 225 lbs (102 kg)
Born: November 18, 1972 in Vail, Colorado, United States
Affiliations: Aspen Valley Ski Club, Aspen (USA) / Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Snowboarding

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Chris Klug competed in both the 1998, 2002, and 2010 Winter Olympics as a snowboarder, winning a silver medal in 2002, but his appearance there was the important thing. Klug suffered from primary sclerosing cholangitis, a liver disease diagnosed in 1991, and between Olympics, he went into liver failure, threatening his life. But he survived via a liver transplant performed in Denver in July 2000, and at Salt Lake City, became the first transplant recipient to ever compete in the Olympic Games. At the 2002 US Transplant Games, he was chosen to light the torch opening the Games.

Klug became US amateur slalom and Super-G snowboarding champion in 1989 and began competing on the professional circuit as a high school sophomore. After graduation he became a full-time professional snowboarder and eventually won four World Cup races, three Grand Prix titles, and five US titles. He retired from competition after the 2002 Winter Olympics and has formed the Chris Klug Foundation and Donor Dudes to spread awareness of the need for organ donors.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1998 Winter 25 Nagano Snowboarding Men's Giant Slalom United States USA 6
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City Snowboarding Men's Parallel Giant Slalom United States USA 3 Bronze
2010 Winter 37 Vancouver Snowboarding Men's Parallel Giant Slalom United States USA 7

Men's Parallel Giant Slalom

Games Age City Team NOC Phase Unit Rank R1 R2 T
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City United States USA Final Round Heat 3/4 1
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City United States USA Semi-Finals Heat 2 2 +1.49 DQ
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City United States USA Quarter-Finals Heat 3 1 Q +0.75
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City United States USA Round One Heat 6 1 Q +0.26
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City United States USA Qualifying Round 11 Q 37.17
2010 Winter 37 Vancouver United States USA Final Round Heat 7/8 1 walkover
2010 Winter 37 Vancouver United States USA Consolation 5-8 Heat 1 2 +1.50 +1.71
2010 Winter 37 Vancouver United States USA Quarter-Finals Heat 1 2 DNF
2010 Winter 37 Vancouver United States USA Eighth-Finals Heat 1 1 Q
2010 Winter 37 Vancouver United States USA Qualifying Round 16 Q 1:18.84
2010 Winter 37 Vancouver United States USA Qualifying Round Blue Course 13 38.84
2010 Winter 37 Vancouver United States USA Qualifying Round Red Course 20 40.00

Men's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1998 Winter 25 Nagano United States USA Final Standings 6 2:05.25
1998 Winter 25 Nagano United States USA Run 1 2T 59.38
1998 Winter 25 Nagano United States USA Run 2 10 1:05.87
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