Breaking Through Barriers

Explore Chris' story below.

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June 26, 1988


Saranac Lake, NY

Olympic Games

2010, 2014, 2018



Chris' Olympic Journey

Before Chris first stepped onto the world stage in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, no American before him had ever medaled in the men’s single luge event. That year, he placed 13th, a far cry from the chance of being able to stand on the Olympic podium and watch them raise the flag of his country. But it wasn’t the last time we’d be seeing Chris—it was just the beginning.

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Regardless of the outcome, knowing that you gave it your all is a pretty powerful feeling and also a platform that you can always build upon.
Road to Beijing

Chris returned to the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. Hoping to better what he had done four years prior, he again placed 13th. Rather than being disappointed, he used the loss as motivation to become better. After pushing himself for four more years, it finally worked out. At the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, he became the first American to medal in the luge singles, earning silver. Today, he hopes to give it one more shot in Beijing, not just in the luge singles, but also in doubles.

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