Topeka native wins gold in Paralympics

By  | 

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A native Topekan, and Navy Seal, is now a gold medalist.

Dan Cnossen, 37, won first place in the men's biathlon event during the Pyeongchang Paralympic games.

Lt. Cmdr. Cnossen graduated from Shawnee Heights High School in 1998 before joining the Navy SEALs. He served as the platoon commander for SEAL Team One in Afghanistan.

During his deployment in 2009, Cnossen stepped on an IED and was injured. Both his legs had to be amputated. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service.

Cnossen is also a graduate of Harvard University.

Cnossen says he grew up on a fifth generation family farm.