18.03.09 Paralympics

March 12, 2018
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‘I love being part of a team in the military, and when I became injured I was looking to seek that out again.”

Dan Cnossen, Retired Navy SEAL, Gold & Silver Paralympic Medalist, Purple Heart, Bronze Medal, pursuing second Master's Degree at Harvard.

Yes. That's a real bio.

Winter Olympics Round II

The 2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games: March 9-18.

670 athletes from 46 countries

44% MORE female athletes than the 2014 Sochi games.


Team USA’s 74-Member Team Includes:

  • 41 returning Paralympians
  • 20 women & 54 men
  • 18 military veterans & active duty service members
  • 6 guides for visually impaired athletes
  • 1 married couple (alpine skiers Danelle & Rob Umstead)

Name to Know:
Dan Cnossen

  • 37 year-old from Topeka, Kansas
  • Retired Navy SEAL; injured by IED in Afghanistan 2009, sustained severe injuries & lost both legs above the knee.
  • Purple Heart. Bronze Star for Valor.
  • Gold Medal: Biathlon (cross-country skiing & rifle shooting)
  • Silver Medal: Cross-country

Name to Know:
Amy Purdy

  • Grew up snowboarding in Vegas.
  • At 19, she lost her legs below the knees to bacterial meningitis.
  • When she couldn’t find prosthetic legs that allowed her to snowboard, she BUILT her own.
  • Founded a non-profit that helped get snowboarding in 2014 games & helps disabled athletes engage in action sports.

Paralympic Winter Games:
10 Days ~ 6 Sports

  • biathlon
  • alpine skiing
  • cross-country skiing
  • ice hockey
  • snowboarding
  • wheelchair curling

Want to learn more about pro-snowboarder, entrepreneur & author Amy Purdy, check out her TED Talk:

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