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Retired Navy SEAL Dan Cnossen wins second Paralympic medal
Cnossen adds a silver in cross-country skiing to the gold he won in biathlon.
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Published 2:39 p.m. ET March 11, 2018
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Retired Navy SEAL Dan Cnossen added a silver medal in cross-country skiing to the gold he won a day earlier at the Paralympics in Pyeongchang.
Cnossen’s silver was one of three won by U.S. Nordic skiers on Sunday. Kendall Gretsch won another gold, this time in the women’s 12K race. Oksana Masters took bronze in the same event.
Gretsch of Downers Grove, Ill., has two golds in her Paralympic debut. She and Cnossen were the first Americans to win gold in biathlon on Saturday. Gretsch, 25, also competes in para-triathlon and was named USA Triathlon’s 2014 Female Para Triathlete of the Year.
The three Nordic skiers now have six medals in two events.
Cnossen, a retired Navy SEAL, is competing in his second Paralympics. He was serving as the platoon commander for SEAL Team One in Afghanistan in September 2009 when he stepped on an IED. As a result of his injuries, Cnossen lost both legs just above the knee.
He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with Valor from the Secretary of the Navy for his service in combat.
At the 2014 Paralympics, Cnossen was 13th in the cross-country 15K.
In Alpine skiing, Andrew Kurka added a silver medal in Super-G after winning gold in downhill. Kurka, a native Alaskan, broke his back in a downhill training run in Sochi before Paralympic competition began.