US Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Famer Speaks at Eaglebrook
Chris Waddell ’84 joined the community from his home in Park City, UT to present at the second Virtual Hilly Chase of the year on October 28, 2020. The Hilly Chase Speaker Series gives students a chance to listen to a variety of speakers discuss a range of topics.
Chris Waddell was a promising athlete for Middlebury College when a skiing accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. In spite of this challenge, Chris found his way back within a year onto the snow with a monoski and went on to become the most decorated male monoskier in U.S. history. Over the course of his career, he has won 12 Paralympic medals. He then added a silver medal won in the 200-meter wheelchair race at the 2000 summer Paralympics in Sydney. Chris was inducted into the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame on November 1, 2019.
Chris currently travels around the country and world promoting Paralympic sports and motivating other paralympic athletes. He continues to seek out challenges through his One Revolution Project and successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
Chris spoke virtually to the Eaglebrook community about the idea that “It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do with what happens to you.” He illustrated this idea by talking about Nametags. According to Chris, Nametags are sometimes things we choose and sometimes things we do not choose. Some Nametags are good and some are not so good. Chris told the students that people have a chance in life to take the risks that allow them to choose their own Nametags and break out of their preconceived molds. We thank Chris for taking the time to talk with the Eaglebrook community.