Dan Cnossen | Navy SEAL & Paralympian
Dan Cnossen is a 2002 graduate of the United States Naval Academy
After graduating the Academy, he became a Navy SEAL in 2003 and deployed numerous times in support of global special operations.
In 2009, while deployed to Afghanistan, he was severely injured after stepping on an IED. This resulted in the amputation of both his legs above the knees.
Turning to sport for recovery, Cnossen eventually began training full-time for the U.S. Paralympic Nordic Ski Team.
He has since competed for Team USA in the 2014 and 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and is the first male athlete to win a gold medal for the United States in biathlon
Cnossen holds a BS in English from the U.S. Naval Academy, MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, and MTS from Harvard Divinity School.