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2010 Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver, CanadaFebruary 12-28
 
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Chris Klug

Chris Klug

  • Sport: Olympic Snowboarding
  • Nation: United States of America
  • DOB: November 18, 1972
  • Hometown: Aspen, CO
  • Career Highlights: Klug didn't qualify for the 2006 Olympics and began this winter without a spot on the U.S. snowboarding team due to funding issues, but none of that stopped the resilient 37-year-old from earning a trip to Vancouver as he tries to get back to the Olympic podium. At the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, Klug provided an inspirational performance by winning a bronze medal less than two years after undergoing a liver transplant for a rare disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis, and he remains the only American man to win an Olympic medal in parallel giant slalom. He faced a different kind of challenge this winter, but overcame the financial obstacles by forming his own team, which he called America's Snowboard Team. Klug also broke his hand in December, but finished fifth at a World Cup event a few weeks later at Kreischberg, Austria, that served as an Olympic qualifier. His eighth-place performance in the World Cup at Stoneham, Quebec, on Jan. 24 locked up his spot in Vancouver. In addition to his Olympic medal, Klug boasts 10 podium finishes in World Cup events in his long career.
  • Olympic History: 2002,1998
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