Chris Klug - Inspiration / Athlete - 2011
Finally accepted as an Olympic sport, Chris competed in snowboarding’s first appearance in the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan in 1998. Racing in the GS, Chris earned a sixth place finish. What few people knew about Chris as he raced at Nagano was that he had contracted a rare liver disease in the early 90’s, and was on the transplant waiting list in Colorado. After successful transplant surgery in July 2000, Chris was named to the US Olympic Team again in 2002. Racing at Park City, Chris captured the Bronze Medal in the PGS, and is the only organ transplant recipient to ever compete in the Winter Olympics. Chris continued to race on the World Cup Tour, ending his racing career competing at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010. Residing full time in Aspen with his wife Missy, Chris has devoted his “retirement” to spreading the message of life-saving organ donor awareness through the Chris Klug Foundation.