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    McKenna Dahl

    Ones to watch
    United States United States Shooting Para sport 1 May 1996


    Woman in shooting range, looking back over her shoulder, smiling


    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Type of Impairment Limb deficiency
    Origin of Impairment Congenital
    Classification SH2, SH1
    Further Personal Information
    Family Husband Daniel Geer
    Other names McKenna Dahl
    Residence Colorado Springs, CO, USA
    Occupation Athlete, Customer Service
    Languages English
    Higher education Business - DeVry University: Downers Grove, IL, USA
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? She took up shooting at age 12 in Washington state, United States of America.
    Why this sport? She was introduced to the sport while at a summer sports camp. She originally played wheelchair basketball, but was drawn to shooting because she preferred the individual nature of the sport.
    Training Regime She trains at the US Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
    Handedness Right
    General Interest
    Hobbies Photography, reading, spending time outside. (ssusa.org, 08 May 2019)
    Memorable sporting achievement Winning a bronze medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (ssusa.org, 08 May 2019)
    Most influential person in career Coach Dan Steffan, her parents and her grandfather. (Shooting Para Sport Twitter profile, 17 Sep 2020; usashooting.org, 2014; teamusa.org, 08 Oct 2019)
    Sporting philosophy / motto "Keep chipping away at the goals and dreams you have set for yourself. Maybe your dream is to be an Olympic or Paralympic champion. Maybe your dream is to eat better, exercise more, or start that new hobby you've been thinking about. Or maybe your goal is to learn how to prioritise moments of quiet in an otherwise hectic life. Whatever your dreams are, they are worth it." (Instagram profile, 22 Oct 2020)
    Milestones In 2019 she became the first athlete to win a gold medal in Para shooting at a Parapan American Games, when the sport debuted at the event in Lima, Peru that year, after she triumphed in the SH2 mixed 10m air rifle standing discipline. (SportsDeskOnline, 23 Mar 2021; Shooting Para Sport Twitter profile, 17 Sep 2020; usashooting.org, 01 Sep 2019; lima2019.pe, 24 Aug 2019)

    In 2016 she became the first female representing the United States of America to win a medal in shooting at a Paralympic Games, when she took bronze in the SH2 mixed 10m air rifle prone in Rio de Janeiro. (Twitter profile, 17 Sep 2020; teamusa.org, 13 Sep 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 07 Dec 2018)
    Ambitions To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Shooting Para Sport Twitter profile, 17 Sep 2020; paralympic.org, 17 May 2017)
    Impairment She was born with amyoplasia in her left hand and both of her feet, causing her muscles not to form properly. (Shooting Para Sport Twitter profile, 17 Sep 2020; dafo.com, 09 Jun 2014)
    Other information NEW EVENT
    In 2018 she began competing in the SH2 mixed 50m rifle prone, after it was announced that the event would be added to the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "I would like to see myself be more competitive in it and understand more the logistics behind small bore because it's a lot more involved than air gun." (paralympic.org, 04 Apr 2018)

    She works in the guest experience team at the US Olympic and Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In the run-up to the opening of the museum in July 2020, she gave guided tours of the museum to reporters, prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony. She was also one of a group of Para athletes that was consulted for curation advice while the museum was being designed. In January 2021, she gave talks to members of the museum in which she shared stories about her Para sport career. (Facebook page, 25 Jan 2021; Facebook profile, 02 Nov 2020; cpr.org, 30 Jul 2020; gazette.com, 04 Aug 2020)

    After earning a degree in business and technology management from DeVry University in the United States of America, she completed a master of business administration [MBA] from the same institution in 2020. (Facebook page, 01 Mar 2021; teamusa.org, 18 Sep 2016)

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