Chris Del Bosco
Few athletes have authored a more dramatic or compelling story than Del Bosco. He famously finished fourth at the 2010 Olympics when he refused to settle for bronze and crashed while attempting a risky pass. Laid back and easy-going off the hill and a fierce competitor on it, Del Bosco – who hails from Vail, Colorado, but now lives in Montreal, Que., is well established as one of the sport’s biggest stars. He is the 2011 world champion and 2012 X Games gold medallist and has 18 World Cup podiums to his name. A talented all-round athlete, Del Bosco spends the summers on two wheels and has competed in mountain bike World Cup races.
World champion – World Ski Championships – Deer Valley, USA (2011)
Gold – Winter X Games – Aspen, USA (2012 and 2010)
19 World Cup podiums (2009 – 2014)
Birth date: 30/03/1982
Birth place: Colorado Springs, Col.
Residence: Montreal, Que.
Hometown: Vail, Col. / Montreal, Que.
Ski club: Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
Made team: 2007
Weight: 200 pounds
Nickname: Del, Enforcer.
What is your first memory of skiing? Skiing down Vail mountain after they finally shut the lift down on me at dusk, and finding my dad waiting for me, shaking his head and smiling.
What has been your best moment in ski racing? One of the best moments I’ve had was sweeping the podium on home soil with my teammates Davey Barr and Stanley Hayer at the Olympic test event in Cypress, B.C. It was the first time we all made it on the podium together.
What has been your worst moment in ski racing? I’ve had some tough days racing but you find out what you’re made of on those tough days. They make the good days much sweeter.
What is your Olympic dream? My Olympic dream is to win gold in Sochi.
What is the best thing about having the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia? The course is great. Russia is a unique place. It’s way different than most of the places we race, which makes it more exciting.
If you could listen to one song before leaving the start gate, what would it be? “Echo” by Bad Meets Evil.
If you could bring any three people in the world - living or from the past - to one of your races, who would they be and why? Mom, Dad and my sister Heather. They are my biggest supporters and love coming to the races.
What’s a talent or skill you have that fans might be surprised to learn about? I have a pretty sweet slice on the golf course!
If you had just one day left to live, how would you spend it? I would wake up really early and start given’ ‘er, living life to fullest like I try to do every day.
If you could own a business or be trained in any career other than ski racing, what would you choose? I would like to be a veterinarian. I love animals.
When I’m not skiing, you can probably find me: golfing, biking, in the gym or chilling out.
What’s the best thing about your hometown? The mountains.
Name the most surprising thing in your suitcase when you’re on the road: A teddy bear from my girlfriend that somehow always finds its way into my bag.
Describe your favourite thing to eat or drink during race season: Good coffee – Italy has the best!
If you could design your own World Cup spot anywhere in the world, where would it be? It would be awesome to have a World Cup on the X Games track in Aspen, Colorado. Actually, I’d be happy racing anywhere in the world with a track like that; the bigger it is the better.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? The power to heal so I could help people who are sick or suffering.
If you could build your dream home anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Anywhere that has a beach on one side and mountains on the other. I would also need a ton of garage space for all of my toys.
What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen a teammate do while on the road? A few years ago, some of the team stayed in Spain following the season to relax for a bit. We decided to play golf, but the course had this weird rule that you couldn’t play without golf shoes. My teammate Nik argued with the guy for 20 minutes, telling him that he could use tennis shoes to play at Augusta National and he would not use rental shoes. Finally the guy said no golf shoes, no play, to which Nik replied,”OK, size 12 please.”
Who is someone you admire in sport? Andre Agassi. I grew up watching him win. He is an amazing athlete – truly one-of-a-kind. He had some struggles and battled back to number 1 when a lot of people gave up on him. His autobiography is awesome.
1st - Val Thorens, FRA (Jan. 2014)
2nd - Sochi, RUS (Feb. 2013)
3rd – Bischofswiesen/Goetschen, GER (Feb. 2012)
2nd – Blue Mountain, Ont. (Feb. 2012)
2nd – Alpe d’Huez, FRA (Jan. 2012)
1st – Myrkdalen-Voss, NOR (March 2011)
2nd – Branas, SWE (March 2011)
3rd – Grindelwald, SUI (March 2011)
1st – Blue Mountain, Ont. (Feb. 2011)
1st – Les Contamines, FRA (Jan. 2011)
3rd – Meiringen-Hasliberg, SUI (March 2010)
3rd – Grindelwald, SUI (March 2010)
2nd – Branas, SWE (March 2010)
1st – Lake Placid, USA (Jan. 2010)
1st – Alpe d’Huez, FRA (Jan. 2010)
2nd – Meiringen, SUI (March 2009)
2nd – Branas, SWE (Feb. 2009)
1st – Cypress Mt., B.C. (Feb. 2009)
2nd – Les Contamines, FRA (Jan. 2009)
Finishes in the top 10
4th - Arosa, SUI (March 2014)
5th - Val Thorens, FRA (Jan. 2014)
8th - Are, SWE (March 2013)
9th – Branas, SWE (March 2012)
7th – St. Johann, AUT (Jan. 2012)
9th – Innichen/San Candido, ITA (Dec. 2011)
4th – Meiringen-Hasliberg, SUI (March 2011)
5th – Alpe d’Huez, FRA (Jan. 2011)
5th – Innichen/ San Candido, ITA (Dec. 2010)
4th – Sierra Nevada, SPA (March 2010)
6th – Les Contamines, FRA (Jan. 2010)
10th – St. Johann, AUT (Jan. 2010)
8th – La Plagne, FRA (March 2009)
9th – Lake Placid, USA (Jan. 2009)
7th – St. Johann, AUT (Jan. 2009)
4th – Meiringen, SUI (March 2008)
6th – Grindelwald, SUI (March 2008)
4th – Sierra Nevada, ESP (Feb. 2008)
7th – Deer Valley, USA (Feb. 2008)
6th – Flaine, FRA (Jan. 2008)
2014 Olympic Winter Games - Sochi, RUS
17th - Rosa Khutor
2010 Olympic Winter Games – Vancouver, B.C.
4th – Cypress Mountain, B.C.
1st – Lake Louise, Alta. (April 2011)
5th – Calgary, Alta. (March 2009)
FIS World Ski Championships
6th - Voss-Myrkdalen, NOR (March 2013)
1st – Deer Valley, USA (Feb. 2011)
4th – Inawashiro, JPN (March 2009)
Winter X Games
1st – Aspen, USA (2012)
2nd – Aspen, USA (2011)
1st – Aspen, USA (2010)