teamHOTHAM extends our congratulations to Jessica Gallagher and her sighted guide, MHRS alumni Christian Geiger, on their Bronze medal in the GS at the 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics.
As a sighted guide, Chri is responsible for leading vision impaired members of the Australian Paralympic Winter Team down the race course while communicating directions, snow conditions and tactics ... all at high speed.
Chri is perfectly qualified to perform this highly specialised role. Throughout his years of membership at teamHOTHAM we have all witnessed his outstanding dedication, commitment and successes, and then his struggles following the car accident in 2009 where he suffered horrific injuries to his arm, spleen and liver, as well as serious brain trauma.
Chri's career highlights have included: outstanding local performances at ANC including J2 National Champion Slalom and Giant Slalom, and 3rd Overall Slalom in 2007; National Champion Giant Slalom and Slalom, plus Slalom Bib Winner in 2008; plus international recognition as a member of the Australian World Junior Championship Team in both 2007 & 2008; Australian World Championship Team in Val d’Isere in 2009; and he was a member of the Australian National Alpine Ski Team from 2006-2013. Chri's dream of representing Australia in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics were impacted by his accident, so it is fabulous to see him participating at the highest level for his country in 2014.
Of his Paralympics experience, Chri said to teamHOTHAM:
"I'm proud to have been part of this Paralympic team. I'm amazed by the spirit shown in what was a difficult campaign through injuries and the passing of Matt Robinson, and feel privileged to have played a small role helping someone achieve their goals"
We can all be inspired by Chri's humility and persistent dedication to ski racing.
Chri and Jess are a sensational team – in addition to their Paralympic success in Sochi they also won two gold and three silver World Cup medals in the 2013/14 season. We'll all be watching and supporting Chri and Jess in the future.