Keynote Speaker Chris Waddell

Chris Waddell

13X Paralympic Medalist, named by the Dalai Lama as an Unsung Hero of Compassion, Chris Waddel holds the most medals of any male mono skier in Paralympic history and was the first ambassador of the International Paralympic Committee.

Meet Chris Waddell

Chris Waddel is a Paralympic & US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame inductee. He holds the most medals of any male mono skier in Paralympic history. Waddell is best known for his activism, philanthropy, and keynote speaking, and was honored by the Dalai Lama as an Unsung Hero of Compassion. Chris Waddel speaks on the topics of embracing struggle, overcoming adversity, and creating change.

As a highly sought-after keynote speaker, Chris Waddel helps audiences become champions of their businesses, their worlds, and themselves. His message resonates with all audiences, from Fortune 500 companies to non-profits. He inspires audiences to consider how seemingly ordinary people can achieve the impossible.

Chris Waddell is available to be booked for corporate and private events. He is also well-known for his keynote and motivational speaking. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group today to inquire about Chris Waddell’s fees.

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Chris Waddell was a promising skier when an accident paralyzed him from the waist down. However, Waddell was determined to get back on the slopes. Only a year after his accident, Waddel began monoskiing. Within three years, Waddell earned a spot on the US Disabled Ski Team. The rest is history. Waddel would become the most decorated male skier of Paralympics.

Chris Waddell’s Awards and Honors

Chris Waddell earned the following awards and honors throughout his Paralympic career:

  • Thirteen Paralympic Medals
  • Paralympic Hall of Fame Inductee
  • World Champion in Winter & Summer Sports
  • US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame

Waddell’s paralympic career is unprecedented. Additionally, many of his greatest accomplishments still stand unmatched to this day. He holds the most Paralympic medals of any male monoskier. Furthermore, Waddell set a T53 world record time for distance in 2004.

First Nearly Unassisted Paraplegic to Summit Mt Kilimanjaro

Chris Waddell attempted to become the first unassisted paraplegic to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro. He sought to give others the courage to confront their fears to live to the fullest. He expressed “Having a disability shouldn’t limit anyone’s expectations,” to Forbes.

While Waddell required his team to carry him up a boulder field, he did not see the adventure as a failure. He no longer sought to be a superhero, but an honest man. Following his climb, Waddel sought to become a keynote speaker, inspiring thousands across the globe.

How to Hire Chris Waddell

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Chris Waddell Booking Price

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Upcoming Engagements

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Aug 08 - 09 2024

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Willow Creek Community Church
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Sep 04 - 06 2024

Credit Union Leadership Symposium 2024 – Keynote Speaker Samantha Radocchia – Nashville, TN

Omni Nashville Hotel
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Key Audience Takeaways

The Power of Change

Create a Culture of Change in Your Organization

We have 2 diametrically opposed desires: security and growth. If we stop growing, learning and dreaming, we’re essentially dead. Our greatest moments, when we look back, are when we changed for the better. Organizations hire Chris Waddell to create a culture of change through:

  • Creating Opportunities to Learn From Each Other
  • Pursuing a Common Summit
  • Fail, Revise, and Adapt 


Achieve Your Goals

Lessons in Confidence & Achievement from a 13x Paralympic Medalist

How often do we try, fail, and say that something is “impossible”? Well, it’s true until someone else does it. Why couldn’t you?

Chris Waddell investigates his past as an unrivaled Paralympic athlete and how competition led him to depression. He didn’t want to be caught up in “passion,” but he cut himself off from the trigger to his greatest power, optimism

In this keynote speech, Chris Waddell covers the core principles of achieving your goals:

  • Make a Goal Bigger Than Yourself
  • Learn the Triggers to Your Best Self
  • Build Confidence: Knowing You Can Adapt


Organizations hire Chris Waddel for team-building events and motivational speeches. 


Embrace the Struggle

The Story of Traumatic Injury to Paralympic Legend

No matter how smart, rich, strong, or educated we are, we all struggle. Death, divorce, bankruptcy, and addiction; all force us to question our entire lives. 

Chris Waddel knows the struggle of traumatic injury. However, what is more damaging is the struggle of complacency, indecision, and insecurity. 

Chris Waddell learned to embrace the struggle, and now he misses the struggle more than his medals. The struggle was his connection to his world, friends, and colleagues. 

In this keynote speech, Chris Waddell covers how to embrace the struggle:

  • Be the Underdog
  • Control Your Reactions
  • Connect with Your Colleagues

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