Name: Kendall Gretsch
Sport: Nordic Skiing
Discipline(s): Biathlon, Cross Country Skiing
Event(s): Middle-Distance Cross-Country, Long-Distance Cross-Country, Middle-Distance Biathlon, Individual Biathlon, Spring Biathlon, Sprint Cross-Country, Open Relay Cross-Country
Height: 5-0
DOB: 4/2/1992
Birthplace: Downers Grove, Ill.
Hometown: Downers Grove, Ill.
High School: Downers Grove North High School (Downers Grove, Illinois) '10
College: Washington University in St. Louis, Biomedical Engineering '14
Paralympic Experience
  • Three-time Paralympian (2018, 2020, 2022); six-time Paralympic medalist (4 golds, 1, silver, 1 bronze)
  • Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, gold (middle-distance biathlon), silver (individual biathlon), bronze (sprint biathlon), 4th (long-distance cross-country), 5th (sprint cross-country), 6th (middle-distance cross-country), 9th (open relay cross-country)
  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, gold (paratriathlon)
  • Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, gold (sprint biathlon, 12K cross-country skiing)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2021 – Nordic skiing – gold (middle-distance cross-country, middle-distance biathlon, individual biathlon), silver (long-distance cross-country)
  • Years of Participation: Paratriathlon – 2014, 2015, 2016; Nordic – 2019, 2021
  • Medals: 13 (7 gold, 5 silver, 1 bronze)
  • Gold: Paratriathlon – 2014 (PT1), 2015 (PT1), 2016 (PT1); Nordic – 2019 (individual biathlon), 2021 (middle-distance cross-country, middle-distance biathlon, individual biathlon)
  • Silver: Nordic – 2021 (long-distance cross-country); 2019 (middle-distance biathlon, middle-distance cross-country, biathlon sprint, long-distance cross county)
  • Bronze: Nordic – 2019 (cross-country sprint)
Personal: Gretsch was born with spina bifida...Also competes in paratriathlon, and was named 2014 Female Para Triathlete of the Year by USA Triathlon...Nominated for an ESPY Best Female Athlete with a Disability award in 2015...Daughter of Richard and Patty Gretsch...Has two sisters, Sarah and Stephanie.