Quick Facts

Sport
Alpine Skiing
Date of Birth
March 29, 1988
Home
Hope Island, QLD
Occupation
Women’s coach of the Australian Para-alpine skiing programme
Started Competing
1994
First Competed for Australia
2009
Games Experience

Sochi 2014

Heroes

Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela

Bio

On track to represent Australia at the Olympic Games, Christian Geiger’s world was turned upside down in 2009 when the car he was riding in slammed into a tree and two parked cars, causing severe brain trauma, as well as horrific injuries to his left arm, spleen and liver.

After spending a week in an induced coma and months undergoing intensive rehabilitation, during which time he relearned how to walk, talk and eat by himself, it was more than a year before Christian returned to the slopes.

Raised in Austria, Christian began skiing when he was two-years-old. returning to Australia when he was eight to become one of the country’s best junior skiers.

Excelling in the senior ranks too, he earned selection for the 2009 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Val-d’lsère, France, where he made his international debut.

Rediscovering his competitive spirit after the accident, Australian Paralympic Winter Team coach Steve Graham invited Christian to join the squad on a training camp, culminating in his Paralympic debut at Sochi 2014 where he led Paralympic cyclist and alpine skier Jessica Gallagher to bronze medal victory in the women’s Giant Slalom.

As her sighted guide, Christian skied in front of Jessica issuing voice commands and information about changes in pitch, rhythm and snow conditions while racing at speeds of up to 105km/h.

Following a stint as head coach of Australia’s Para-alpine skiing programme, Christian will now look to lead multiple world champion Melissa Perrine to the top step of the podium at PyeongChang 2018, fulfilling the roles of both sighted guide and coach.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Downhill Classification: Sighted guide
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Giant Slalom Classification: Sighted guide
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Slalom Classification: Sighted guide
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Super-G Classification: Sighted guide
  • Sport: Alpine Skiing Disciplines: Super Combined Classification: Sighted guide