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 team
Started Competing
1994
First Competed for Australia
2009
Games Experience

Sochi 2014

Heroes

Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela

Bio

On track to represent Australia in alpine skiing 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. He suffered severe brain trauma and injuries to his left arm, spleen and liver.

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

Born in St Leonards, NSW but raised in Austria, Christian began skiing when he was two-years-old, and on his family’s return to Australia six years later, it did not take him long to establish himself as one of the country’s top junior skiers.

Excelling in the senior ranks too, he was selected to represent Australia at the 2009 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Val- d’lsère, France.

Following his accident, Christian was invited to replace Eric Bickerton as the sighted guide for vision impaired Para-alpine skier, Jessica Gallagher. In this role, Christian skied in front of Jessica issuing voice commands and information about changes in pitch, rhythm and snow conditions. Together, they won a bronze medal in the Women’s Giant Slalom Visually Impaired at Sochi 2014.

Now the sighted guide for three-time world champion Melissa Perrine, Christian is working hard to lead Melissa to her first Paralympic medal.

In their first World Cup season together as sighted guide and athlete, they won two gold, one silver and two bronze medals.

Christian is also currently the women’s coach of the Australian Para-alpine skiing team.

Sports & Disciplines

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