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Mike Tagliapietra

Date of Birth: 02/04/1967

Hometown: Fond du Lac, Wis.

Events: P1 (Men's Air Pistol SH1), P3 (Mixed 25m Pistol SH1) and P4 (Mixed 50m Pistol SH1)

Personal

Tagliapietra first started shooting in 1992 for the Fond du Lac pistol team and credits his former boss for getting him involved in the sport. 

 In the eight years following his accident in 2003, Tagliapietra didn't touch a firearm.

From 2009-2012, he competed in more than 30 road races (marathons, triathlons, etc.)using a handcycle or racing chair.  Realizing  he was not going to be a Paralympian in these sports, Tagliapietra discovered Paralympic shoooting through the Phoenix Rod and Gun Club.  He was immediately taken in by USA Shooting athletes and famous alums including John Zurek,  Brenda Silva and Ruby Fox.  After six months of frustration trying to learn to shoot Air Pistol, he took a trip to Colorado to get away.  During that trip, he called Paralympic National Team Coach Bob Foth who talked him into committing full-time to the sport and becoming a resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. 

His 2014 and 2015 success has led him to being named USA Shooting's Paralympic Athlete of the Year each of the last two seasons.  

Favorite Quotes:  "There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul." Ella Wheeler Wilco 

"I am the master of my fate, the captain of my soul." From Invictus, by William Earmest Henley

Competition Highlights

  • 2016 Paralympian
  • 2016 IPC World Cup Bangkok (Thailand), Silver Medalist (P5), 4th Place (P3)
  • 2016 IPC World Cup Szczecin (Poland), 7th Place (P5)
  • 2015 IPC Sydney Gold Medalist (P3)
  • 2014 IPC World Championships, Eighth Place (P3)
  • IPC World Cup USA, Seventh Place (P1), Eighth Place (P4)
  • Earned Paralympic Games Quota (P3) at 2014 IPC World Championships
  • Earned three Medals (gold & two bronze) at 2013 IPC-Approved Brazil Open Championships
  • Earned Bronze Medal & Fourth-place finish in two events in World Cup debut at 2013 IPC World Cup Thailand
 

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