Full Name: Chris Robanske
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Residence: Squamish, BC
Stance on board: Regular
Sponsors: Ski Cellar Snowboard Shop, Smith, Naiad Irrigation, Evoc, Oxess Snowboards
For Chris Robanske it all started with an unforgettable birthday gift. When he was only 9 he loved skateboarding so his parents decided to give him snowboard lessons as a gift. From his instructors point of view, he was one of those natural born riders who should join a development program. After growing out as a multi-event athlete, trying out every discipline, he decided at 15 to settled on Snowboardcross. He chose Snowboardcross because it involved all aspects of snowboarding, the speed of racing as well as the big jumps.
Chris has been a workhorse, spending countless hours in the gym after having two seasons cut short due to a compression fracture of the spine (2011) and a broken ankle (2012). The 2013 season was Robanske’s come back year, highlighted by a pair of World Cup podiums including his first World Cup victory. He finished the season ranked sixth in the World Cup Snowboardcross standings. Chris made it to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but unfortunately was taken out in the quarter finals race, being forced to the inside of a jump by another rider and losing control in the landing. Chris plans to continue working hard and make it to the 2018 Games.
In 2015/2016, Chris took home the silver medal at the Sunny valley, RUS World Cup and then followed things up in 2017 with a bronze medal in the SBX Team Event at the 2017 Sierra Nevada FIS Snowboard World Championships.
Robanske is an avid fan of the outdoors and participates in activities such as surfing, mountain biking, rock climbing, skateboarding, hiking, camping and in the last few years he got into fly-fishing. Robanske is also affiliated with Motionball, a non-profit that builds awareness and raises funds for the Special Olympics Canada Foundation.
- 11th Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang SBX 2018
- 2nd World Cup Bansko, BUL SBX 17/18
- 22nd World Cup Feldberg, GER 17/18
- 9th World Cup Feldberg, GER 16/17
- 19th World Cup Bansko, BUL SBX 16/17
- 24th World Cup Montafon, AUT 16/17
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