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All-Terrain Athlete

At the 2018 Paralympics in PyeongChang, U.S. skier Kendall Gretsch won gold medals in the women's sitting biathlon 6K sprint and the 12K cross-country, earning her a place in the April 9, 2018, edition of FACES IN THE CROWD. Gretsch, born with spina bifida, has continued to excel on the world stage. At the Para Nordic Worlds in Prince George, B.C., in February, she took gold in the 12.5K individual sitting race, finishing in 47:29.4, as well as silvers in the 10K middle (41:35.7) and the 6K sprint (22:45.2). The 26-year-old from Madison, Wis., Gretsch is also an elite paratriathlete. She won three straight world titles from '14 to '16 and has set her sights on competing at the '20 Summer Games. Not that she's giving up the slopes. She plans on being at the '22 Winter Games in Beijing as well.