Faces of Life is Good | Chris O’Neil


At 18 months old, Chris O’Neil was diagnosed with a rare birth defect. At the time his family was devastated, not knowing if he would ever walk or talk. They had never met anyone with his type of birth defect. As they say, “look at him now!” Chris just represented Special Olympics USA in the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria in Alpine Skiing and won a Bronze Medal in his Super Giant Slalom race. He has a full time job and an active social life.

What does the word Optimism mean to you?

Optimism means to tell yourself I can do this. I can try something new. I can try harder and always be positive.

Do you consider yourself an optimist? Why or why not?

I do consider myself an optimist. I believe in always keeping on trying and I try to see the good in things and people, to always see the positive side of things.

Who or what in your life inspires you to focus on the good?

My parents, my sisters, my friends and teammates. They say always keep trying. Never give up!

chrisfamHow do you like to spread good to those around you?

I try to always be cheerful and be kind to others.

Tell us something good that you have experienced.

I went to Schladming, Austria for theSpecial Olympics World Winter Games. I competed for Special Olympics USA in two events and won a bronze medal in Super G. It was amazing!!


What does the phrase “Do what you love. Love what you do” mean to you? What is your “Do what you love” activity or outlet?

It means always enjoy what you do, and put in your best effort. My “Do what you love” activity is skiing. I love it. It makes me feel free⛷

Which super power do you identify with and why?

I identify with courage because to get through the hard stuff you have to believe in yourself. Because if you don’t believe in yourself you are going to falter.

Life is good because… I got to do something I’ve always wanted to do by representing Special Olympics USA at the World Games and ski in Austria ??. It was a chance of a lifetime!!!