Chris Del BoscoSki cross
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)
18 World Cup podiums (2009 – 2012)
Colorado Springs, Col.
Vail, Col. / Montreal, Que.
|Ski club:||Ski & Snowboard Club Vail|
Nicknames: Del, Enforcer (my teammate Brian ‘Big Bad’ Bennett gave me this name)
Best moment in skiing: Winning world champs in Deer Valley, Utah, in 2011. In the 2009 world champs in Japan I made the final but ended up fourth. Same at the Vancouver Olympics, where I was fourth in the final. I was pretty frustrated with the big one shot Olympic/worlds race results and it felt really good to finally get one under my belt.
What one thing would you change about skiing? The courses. Make them bigger!
Best World Cup stop: I like the home World Cup in Blue Mountain, Ont. It has the potential to be the biggest stop on tour. The hill is perfect, they just need to tweak the course a bit and race us under the lights at night!
Person you look up to most in skiing: Italian ski legend Alberto Tomba.
On your iPod: Mostly hip-hop and reggae. Wiz Khalifa, Taylor Swift, Lupe Fiasco, Justin Bieber, Smif–n-Wessun, Nas, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Beyonce.
Favourite movie: Rad. Come on, ‘80s BMX, local underdog taking out the big favourites, what's not to like? Fubar is pretty classic, too.
Hockey team: Haha, easy. Colorado Avalanche. I grew up in Colorado and one of the teams I played on as a kid was named the Vail Avalanche.
Favourite activities other than skiing: Downhill mountain biking, golf.
If a movie was made about your life, who should play the lead role? Someone badass.
What’s a talent you wish you had? Musical talent.
If you weren’t a skier what would you be? Bike racer.
Funniest thing you’ve seen in ski racing: A video from a Red Mountain (I think) ski cross race. My teammate Marielle Thompson is in the lead before going off a jump she doesn't quite land and causes a four-skier pile up.
Most embarrassing moment: I've never done anything embarrassing.
Describe yourself in three words: I am competitive.
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
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)
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)