Name: Dan Cnossen
Sport: Nordic Skiing
Discipline(s): Biathlon, Cross Country Skiing
Classification: LW12
Height: 5-10
Weight: 155
DOB: 5/17/1980
Birthplace: Topeka, Kan.
Hometown: Topeka, Kan.
High School: Shawnee Heights High School (Tecumseh, Kan.) ‘98
College: United States Naval Academy, English ‘02; Harvard University, Master's in Public Administration, Theological Studies '18
Paralympic Experience
  • Two-time Paralympian (2014, 2018); Six-time Paralympic medalist (1 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze)
  • PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, gold (7.5km biathlon), silver (12.5km biathlon, 15km cross-country, 15km biathlon, 7.5km cross-country), bronze (cross-country sprint)
  • Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, 6th (cross-country sprint), 10th (biathlon individual, 10km cross-country), 11th (biathlon middle-distance), 13th (15km cross-country), 14th (biathlon sprint)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2019 – Nordic skiing – silver (cross-country sprint, middle-distance cross-country)
  • Years of Participation: 2011, 2013, 2015, 2019
  • Medals: 2 (2 silver)
  • Silver: 2019 (cross-country sprint, middle-distance cross-country)
Personal: Lt. Cmdr. Dan Cnossen was serving as the platoon commander for SEAL Team One in Afghanistan in September 2009 when he stepped on an IED (improvised explosive device) and was wounded in the explosion. The accident caused Cnossen to lose both his legs just above the knee....Cnossen went through rehabilitation first at the Bethesda National Naval Medical Center and later at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he learned to walk with his new prosthetics...Cnossen was awarded both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with Valor from the Secretary of the Navy for his service in combat...Hobbies include running, reading, traveling and surfing...Grew up on a fifth-generation family farm in Kansas.