Chris Waddell

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Chris Waddell
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Chris Waddell at the Visa hall of Fame induction ceremony in London, August 2012
Personal information
Full nameChristopher Waddell
Nationality United States
Born1968 (age 51–52)

Chris Waddell (born 1968) is an American Paralympic sit-skier and wheelchair track athlete. He was a promising able-bodied skier while attending Middlebury College in Vermont, before a skiing accident left him paralysed from the waist down.[1]

As a sit-skier, Waddell won medals in the 1992, 1994, 1998 and 2002 Winter Paralympics.[2] As a wheelchair track racer, he represented the USA at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Summer Paralympics.[3] He won a silver medal in the 200m T53 event at the Sydney Paralympic Games. In 2004, he set a T53 world record time for this distance which still stands.[4]

In 2006, Waddell was inducted into the National Disabled Ski Hall of Fame by Disabled Sports USA. In 2010, he was inducted into the Paralympic Hall of Fame.[5]

On 30 September 2009, Waddell became the first paraplegic to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. On 5 May 2010 he was named the 2010 Shining Star of Perseverance Honoree by the WillReturn Council of Assurant Employee Benefits to honor and recognize individuals and groups who overcome disabilities to succeed in the workplace and society.[6]

Currently,[when?] Wadell has a foundation called "One Revolution" that is dedicated to seeing the world positively, by the use of "Nametags" that define oneself.


  1. ^ "Chris Waddell: Skiing, track and road racing". Athletes for Hope. Archived from the original on 4 March 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Athlete Search Results: Chris Waddell". International Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2013-01-20.
  3. ^ "Athlete Search Results: Christopher Waddell". International Committee. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2013-01-20.
  4. ^ "IPC Athletics Records". International Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Paralympic Hall of Fame Inductees 2010". International Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 2012-08-23. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  6. ^ TheStreet Archived 6 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine
    - National Underwriter Archived 2011-07-25 at the Wayback Machine

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