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KLEBL Chris
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age46
Place of BirthDüsseldorf, FRG
Height1.85 m
Weight 65 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11
Further Personal Information
Residence
Canmore, AB, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Economics - Syracuse University: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He skied and snowboarded while growing up in Austria. He began competing in Para Nordic skiing in 2005.
Why this sport?
He was introduced to the sport by US Para skier Monica Bascio.
Club / Team
Fast Trax Run & Ski Club: Edmonton, AB, CAN
Name of coach
Robin McKeever [national], CAN
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Canada
General Interest
Hobbies
Travelling. (Twitter profile, 19 Sep 2016)
Injuries
In late 2016 he underwent surgery on a skin and bone infection that required a six week recovery stay in hospital, which he left at the end of January 2017. He had been dealing with an infected wound since August 2016. (thecragandcanyon.ca, 12 Mar 2017)

He suffered a broken leg in September 2011 returning four months later to win a silver medal in the 15km race at the 2012 World Cup in Cable, WI, United States of America. (paralympic.ca, 12 Feb 2014)
Impairment
He has paraplegia after a snowboard accident involving a cliff jump in 1995. (usparalympics.org, 14 Mar 2011)
Other information
FROM EUROPE TO NORTH AMERICA
Born in Germany as a US citizen, he grew up in neighbouring Austria where he skied and snowboarded regularly before moving to the United States of America in 1987. He represented the United States of America in para-Nordic skiing at the 2006 and 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. In 2011 he began competing for Canada. (usparalympics.org, 14 Mar 2011; usparalympics.org, 08 Mar 2010; usskiteam.com, 14 Mar 2011; IPC, 24 Jan 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
23 2006 5km - Sitting 19:25.5
18 2006 10km - Sitting 31:16.9
11 2006 15km - Sitting 47:21.6
6 2006 1 x 3.75 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 40:58.0
8 2010 15km - Sitting 45:59.3
16 2010 10km - Sitting 31:33.3
9 2010 1km Sprint - Sitting  
6 2014 15km - Sitting 45:52.0 
Semifinal 2014 1km Sprint - Sitting 2:29.9
4 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 25:51.9
1 2014 10km - Sitting 32:50.2 
8 2018 15km - Sitting 46:42.1
Semifinal 2018 Sprint - Sitting 3:53.3
6 2018 7.5km - Sitting 24:55.2
2 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 25:21.9
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
17 2004/2005 10km - Sitting 35:57.8
22 2004/2005 5km - Sitting 17:16.4
  2004/2005 15km - Sitting  DNF
4 2008/2009 15km - Sitting LW10-12 50:36.8
6 2008/2009 10km - Sitting LW10-12 34:39.5
7 2008/2009 1km Sprint - LW10-12  
4 2010/2011 10km - Sitting 24:57.5
1 2010/2011 15km - Sitting 35:34.6
2 2010/2011 1km Sprint - Sitting  
13 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Sitting  
19 2012/2013 15km - Sitting 47:02.0
7 2012/2013 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 32:41.9
21 2012/2013 10km - Sitting 28:12.0
4 2014/2015 15km - Sitting 45:37.2
13 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Sitting  
4 2014/2015 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 31:55.2
5 2014/2015 10km - Sitting 29:10.3