Chris Del Bosco just missed out on a medal in ski cross’ Olympic debut at Vancouver 2010. He had arrived at Cypress Mountain as the just-crowned Winter X Games Champion and advanced to the four-man Big Final. Sitting in third place as the skiers approached the finish line, Del Bosco tried to make a pass on the penultimate jump, only to go flying through the air and crashing onto his side, hitting his head and shoulder hard. He said afterwards that while third might be alright for some people, he wanted to give 100 per cent for his sport and his country.
Since that fourth place finish, Del Bosco has excelled on the sport’s biggest stages. After surgery in May 2010 to repair a partial tear in his left patella tendon, he was crowned FIS World Champion and won silver at the Winter X Games in 2011. The next season he won his second career Winter X Games gold medal. His 2012-13 season had a delayed start after he underwent surgery in November for a separated shoulder suffered in a training crash. He returned in time to compete at the World Cup event in Sochi that served as the Olympic test event and ended up on the podium with a silver medal.
GETTING TO KNOW…
Getting Into Sport: Started skiing at age two… Found that he was a natural at going fast and didn’t have to work that hard to be successful… Troubled Times: At 17 was stripped of his U.S. national titles in alpine skiing and mountain biking and given a two-year suspension after a positive test for marijuana and GHB… He once woke up in a ditch with a broken neck and hypothermia while wearing only a t-shirt… Was prompted to become sober in September 2006 after his third DUI in three years… Decided to go public with his history so that he couldn’t be accused of hiding anything… Becoming Canadian: In the fall of 2006 the IOC announced that ski cross would be on the program at Vancouver 2010… A chance encounter in February 2007 led to Del Bosco joining the Canadian ski cross team… Cam Bailey, the CEO of the Canadian Ski Cross Team was at dinner when his waitress learned what he did… She told him that her husband’s cousin was a ski cross racer… Two weeks later Del Bosco met with Canadian head coach Eric Archer, who had been one of Del Bosco’s rivals and knew about his issues… Del Bosco knew he had his last chance to make something of himself…
|2010 Vancouver||Skiing - Freestyle||Ski Cross - Men||4|
|2014 Sochi||Skiing - Freestyle||Ski Cross - Men||17|
Notable International Results
FIS World Championships: 2013 – 6th; 2011 – GOLD; 2009 – 4th
Winter X Games: 2012 – GOLD; 2011 – SILVER; 2010 – GOLD; 2009 – 12th