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Michael Tagliapietra



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information


Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began shooting in 1992 for Fond du Lac pistol club in Wisconsin, United States of America. He took up shooting Para sport in 2012 at the Phoenix Rod and Gun Club in Arizona, United States of America.
Why this sport?
After his accident in 2003 he took a break from shooting and took up handcyling in 2009. He realised that he was not going to become a Paralympian through handcycling, so in 2012 he took up shooting Para sport.
Name of coach
Armando Ayala [national], USA

General interest

Mike (, 16 Dec 2014)
Most influential person in career
His family. (YouTube video, 03 Jan 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul." [US poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox] (, 06 Nov 2013)
Awards and honours
He was named the Paralympic Athlete of the Year in 2014 and 2015 by USA Shooting. (, 16 Dec 2014;, 20 Dec 2015)
Other sports
From 2009 to 2012 he competed in handcycling road races, marathons and triathlons. (, 06 Nov 2013)
He has paraplegia as the result of a car accident in 2003. (YouTube video, 03 Jan 2014)


Unit Date Rank
2014 IPC Shooting World Championships (Suhl, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 10m Air Pistol SH1 Qualification 2014-07-20 36
Mixed 25m Pistol SH1 Qualification 2014-07-22 5
Mixed 25m Pistol SH1 Semifinal 2014-07-22 8
Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 Qualification 2014-07-24 31
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
P1 - Men's 10 m Air Pistol SH1 Qualification 2016-09-09 30
P3 - Mixed 25 m Pistol SH1 Qualification 2016-09-11 12
P4 - Mixed 50 m Pistol SH1 Qualification 2016-09-14 33