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GRETSCH Kendall
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country, Para swimming, PARA - Triathlon
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age26
Place of BirthDowners Grove, IL, USA
Height1.53 m
Weight 48 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW11.5
Further Personal Information
Residence
Madison, WI, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Health Care Professional
Languages
English
Higher education
Biomedical Science - Washington University in St Louis: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried the sport in 2016 at the Central Cross Country Ski Association in Madison, WI, United States of America.
Why this sport?
"It was good cross training for Para triathlon."
Name of coach
Eileen Carey [national], USA
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
United States
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two gold medals at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her teammates. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US Para Nordic skier Oksana Masters. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Other sports
She has competed in Para triathlon, winning gold in the PT1 category at the world championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Apr 2018; wts.triathlon.org, 25 Jun 2017; tri.com, 03 Mar 2015)
Impairment
She was born with spina bifida. (triathlon.org, 20 Nov 2015)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
She became the first athlete representing the United States of America to win a gold medal in biathlon at the Paralympic Winter Games by claiming victory in the 6km sitting event at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (pyeongchang2018.com, 10 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
1 2018 6km Sprint - Sitting 22:46.7
4 2018 10km Middle - Sitting 46:28.5
8 2018 12.5km Individual - Sitting 52:59.2
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
1 2018 12km - Sitting 39:51.6
Semifinal 2018 Sprint - Sitting 4:33.4
6 2018 5km - Sitting 18:30.8
7 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 26:07.6
World Championships - PARA - Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 PT1 1:21:32
1 2015 PT1 1:13:29
1 2016 PT1 1:18:04
World Ranking (2018/01/01) - PARA - Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
13 2018 PTWC  
13 2018 PTWC