2016/17 will mark the tenth season for Canada's Chris Delbosco on the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup tour, and in that time he has reached the sport's highest peaks, sunk to difficult lows, and risen once again to reassert himself as one of the very best in the world.
Delbosco hit the ground running when he joined the ski cross World Cup in 2007/08 season, finishing his rookie campaign ranked sixth overall before going on to log three straight seasons of second-overall finishes before capping off the incredible five year run with a fourth-overall finish in 2011/12.
Along the way he won gold at the Deer Valley 2011 Freestyle World Ski Championships and took fourth at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games after famously crashing out while attempting a daring pass for the lead.
However, in 2012/13 the bottom seemed to drop out for Delbosco, and he finished the next three seasons ranked 24th, 12th, and 16th, respectively. Increasingly frustrated by bad luck and bad timing, it looked like Delbsco's time as a member of the ski cross elite might be over.
It 2015/16 that all turned around, with Delbosco announcing to the rest of the tour that he was back and maybe better than ever, scoring back-to-back victories to open the season and logging five podiums total in 12 events to finish the season ranked second-overall for the fourth time in his career.
You've got to believe that the big Canadian has by now grown tired of second place, though. And, with the speed, power and technique he so clearly still possesses, there's no reason to believe that he won't be right there at the top again this season, vying to finally lock down that crystal globe that has eluded him for so long.
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