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CNOSSEN Daniel
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country, Para-Cycling
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age38
Place of BirthTopeka, KS, USA
Height1.78 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12
Further Personal Information
Residence
Cambridge, MA, USA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
English - United States Naval Academy: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2011 in the United States of America.
Why this sport?
He began Para Nordic skiing after being invited to a US Olympic Committee [USOC] Paralympic Military Sports Camp in San Diego, CA, United States of America. Some of the coaches there noticed his natural talent and he was invited to a biathlon training camp in Montana six weeks later.
Club / Team
Craftsbury Outdoor Center: United States
Name of coach
Eileen Carey [national], USA
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
United States
General Interest
Nicknames
Danny Boy, Danger Dan, Cnoss, C-Nasty, Disco Dan, Batta Bing (brutallyhonest.org, 26 Sep 2009)
Hobbies
Reading, surfing, running, travel. (teamusa.org, 07 Jan 2018; Athlete, 06 Jun 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning six medals [one gold, four silvers and one bronze] at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His coaches. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US cross-country skier Bill Koch. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named Team USA's Male Paralympic Athlete of the Games after winning six medals at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (teamusa.org, 26 Apr 2018)
Other sports
He won gold in Para swimming at the 2011 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, CO, United States of America. (teamusa.org, 2015; paralympic.org, 29 Aug 2014)
Impairment
In September 2009 he was serving as a US Navy SEAL in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when he was injured by an improvised explosive device [IED] and lost both his legs. He underwent rehabilitation at the National Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, United States of America. (usnavyseals.com, 12 Oct 2009; brutallyhonest.org, 26 Sep 2009)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first male athlete representing the United States of America to win a gold medal in biathlon at the Paralympic Winter Games by claiming victory in the 7.5km sitting event at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Dec 2018; pyeongchang2018.com, 10 Mar 2018)

FURTHER EDUCATION
In 2016 he gained a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, United States of America. He then went on to take a master's degree in theological studies. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018; humansofhds.tumblr.com, 10 Nov 2016; harvard.edu, 25 May 2016)

MILITARY SERVICE
He joined the US Navy in 2002 and reached the rank of lieutenant commander. After his injuries, he continued to serve in the navy until he was medically retired in 2015. He was presented with both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with Valor by the Secretary of the Navy in recognition of his service in combat. (teamusa.org, 07 Jan 2018; harvard.edu, 25 May 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Road World Championships - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 Team Relay 34:52
8 2014 H5 - Time Trial 28:13
4 2014 H5 - Road Race 1:43:06
6 2015 H5 - Time Trial 30:12
6 2015 H5 - Road Race 1:37:00
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
14 2014 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 24:13.8
11 2014 12.5km Middle - Sitting 39:01.0
10 2014 15km Individual - Sitting 46:27.8
1 2018 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 23:49.7
2 2018 12.5km Middle - Sitting 46:37.3
2 2018 15km Individual - Sitting 49:42.7
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
13 2014 15km - Sitting 45:22.4
6 2014 1km Sprint - Sitting 2:39.9
10 2014 10km - Sitting 33:02.0
2 2018 15km - Sitting 42:20.7
3 2018 Sprint - Sitting 3:31.8
2 2018 7.5km - Sitting 22:33.7
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
17 2010/2011 2.4km Pursuit - Sitting 13:03.1
17 2010/2011 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 25:55.7
12 2010/2011 12.5km Individual - Sitting 40:01.5
12 2012/2013 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 23:56.4
13 2012/2013 12.5km Middle - Sitting 39:22.6
12 2012/2013 15km Individual - Sitting 46:06.8
7 2014/2015 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 23:29.2
8 2014/2015 12.5km Middle - Sitting 41:26.4
5 2014/2015 15km Individual - Sitting 50:51.4
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
22 2010/2011 10km - Sitting 30:23.2
14 2010/2011 15km - Sitting 42:45.2
18 2010/2011 1km Sprint - Sitting  
22 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Sitting  
6 2012/2013 15km - Sitting 43:35.9
12 2012/2013 10km - Sitting 26:54.5
8 2014/2015 15km - Sitting 48:06.7
5 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Sitting  
6 2014/2015 10km - Sitting 29:11.4