"My father inspired me from a young age," says Chris Via
Chris Via is a very talented and young bowler. He is using a very new and unique style called the two-hands bowling. You get a lot more power and rev rate on the ball. Chris Via joined Junior Team USA 2011 in and played there for a year.
He won a team gold medal in the 2012 World Youth Championships with Team USA Junior. After that, he sadly did not play any international tournament for four years. Via did not win a medal in 2016 with the national team. But he won the 2016 US Amateur Championship.
Chris Via continued to play for the national team's bowling in 2017. He had performed well enough to play in the national team again.
So he got invited to play World Championship bowling in Las Vegas 2017. He played relatively well throughout the week. But he only won a World Cup gold medal with Tommy Jones, Chris Barnes, Marshall Kent, AJ Johnson and Jakob Butturff. That was in the team competition.
How long have you been playing bowling?
I've been playing since I was 18 months old
Why is Storm bowling company the best?
Storm is the best because of their superior equipment as well as their family type environment they create.
If you were going to a tournament tomorrow what 6 ball would you bring?
I would bring Physics, Idol, Phaze II, Hyroad X, Hustle Ink, Plastic.
Who inspired you as a young athlete?
My father inspired me from a young age. I watched him bowl league every night and wanted to be just like him.
Where is your favourite place to compete?
I don’t necessarily have a favourite place but there are certain bowling centres where I seem to bowl well (Woodland-Indianapolis, Gold Coast-Las Vegas)
How do you handle stress and pressure?
I try to remember my process and try not to steer too far away from it. The more consistent you can be mental, the more consistent you can be physical.
What is the best thing about becoming a pro bowler?
My favourite part about being a professional bowler is being able to do what I love for a living. Also, I love to travel and see new places.
What is your favourite achievement?
My favourite achievement in my career so far is winning the Gold Medal in the World Championships.
Favourite thing to do on holiday?
I love being able to spend time with my family and relax on the holidays. I don’t get to see them as often as I’d like.