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Alumna Gretsch takes two gold medals at Paralympics

Kendall Gretsch’s first appearance in the Paralympic Winter Games brought her two gold medals in biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Kendall Gretsch

Gretsch, who earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering in 2014, won the first-ever biathlon Olympic or Paralympic gold medal for a U.S. athlete when she won the sitting biathlon sprint March 10. She also won a gold medal in women’s 12-kilometer cross-country skiing. She also competed in the 12.5km individual biathlon; a 5km sitting and a 4 x 2 5 km relay mixed cross-country skiing events.

She previously won three gold medals in paratriathlon in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2014, she was named Female Para Triathlete of the Year by USA Triathlon. In 2015, she was nominated for an ESPY Best Female Athlete with a Disability award.