Chris Klug learned to ski at a very early age and has been involved in winter sports his entire life. The first Chris Klug appearance in the competitive snowboarding field was as a junior in the amateur ranks. Chris Klug had also appeared several times in the Northwest Race Series, where he won the majority of events. He also became the Northwest Series Overall Champion for two years.
Klug’s first big competition was the North American Championship in Canada, where he placed second in the junior halfpipe competition. He also joined his first US Open and finished second in the mogul event and also second in the slalom event. In 1989, Klug was named the USASA National Amateur Champion in Slalom and Super-G. Shortly after he began competing professionally on the PSTA Tour as a 16-year old, claiming his first tour victory at Hunter Mountain, New York. In 1991, Klug became a full-time professional, and participated in the World Cup event. A Chris Klug appearance in the World Cup snowboarding event in Garmish, Germany gave the US an eighth place finish in slalom.
In 2000, Klug underwent a liver transplant to treat primary sclerosing cholangitis. He then went on to compete in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, where he won a bronze medal. Klug became the first and so far the only transplantee to compete in the Olympics. He also lit the torch at the 2002 US Transplant Games.
**Chris Klug Speaker**
Chris Klug competed in all of the disciplines early on in his snowboarding career. It helped him become a strong, all-around rider. In 2004, Klug released a book entitled, “To the Edge and Back: My Story from Organ Transplant Survivor to Olympic Snowboarder,” His story proves that every successful career has its trying times, and a Chris Klug speaker appearance is an opportunity to remind your audience to fight through even the most difficult of circumstances.
**Chris Klug Appearance**
Aside from snowboarding, Chris Klug manages Aspen Klug Snowboard Camp, which is now in its eighth year. The camp is dedicated to promoting lifesaving donations and improving the quality of life for donors, donor families, organ transplant prospects and recipients. This camp demonstrates that Chris Klug doesn’t treat his illness as a misfortune. Instead, he sees it as a blessing and an opportunity to help other people, which is what this hard working athlete tries to do with every Chris Klug appearance.
**Chris Klug Endorsement**
Among Chris Klug’s accolades are four World Cup victories, three Grand Prix wins, five National titles, a US Open Victory, and a sixth place in the 1998 Winter Olympics. Klug also witnessed the evolution of snowboarding – from wooden boards with bungee strap binding, to state-of-the-art equipment, as well as the debut of snowboarding competition in the Olympics. His unquestionable talent and dedication to the sport make a Chris Klug endorsement a fitting addition to any company looking to expand its market into the ever-growing snowboarding market.
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