O2X THRIVE Specialist: DAN CNOSSEN, O2X Resilience Specialist (6x Medalist Paralympic athlete, Former Lieutenant Commander (SEAL), United States Navy)
Education and Professional Affiliations: US Paralympic Nordic ski team, U.S. Naval Academy (BS), Harvard Kennedy School (MPA), Harvard Divinity School (MTS)
About the Specialist: Dan Cnossen is an O2X Human Performance Resilience Specialist. Dan was raised on a 5th-generation family farm in Topeka, Kansas. After successfully completing SEAL qualification training in 2003, he deployed numerous times in support of global special operations. As a SEAL platoon commander, he was severely injured in 2009 in Afghanistan, resulting in the amputation of both legs above the knees. Turning to sport for recovery, Cnossen eventually began training full-time for the US Paralympic Nordic ski team. He has since competed for Team USA in the 2014 and 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and is the first male athlete to win a gold medal for the United States in biathlon, a sport that combines cross-country skiing with precision target shooting. He has been working with O2X since 2018 as a resilience specialist.