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Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC United States   
Place of BirthSan Jose, CA, USA
Height1.75 m
Weight 75 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Sawyer Kesselheim
Further Personal Information
Brunswick, ME, USA
Higher education
Computer Science, Mathematics - Bowdoin College: Brunswick, ME, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He was introduced to the sport in 2002 in Sun Valley, ID, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He was introduced to the sport through the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation [SVSEF] junior Nordic development team.
Club / Team
Bowdoin Polar Bears: Brunswick, ME, USA
Name of coach
Nathan Alsobrook [club], USA
Senior International Debut
Competing for
United States
General Interest
The Jaker, Jake (, 01 Jun 2011)
Science, engineering, pottery, hiking. (, 07 Mar 2018;, 03 Jul 2017; Twitter profile, 31 Jan 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 10km classic style at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Rick Kupala, head coach of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian cross-country skier Petter Northug, US cross-country skier Jessie Diggins. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2011 he received the Dave Quinn Award from the US Ski and Snowboard Association [USSA] Cross-country Sport Committee. It is given to the junior skier who demonstrates contributions that exemplify the ideals of cross-country skiing, including love of the sport, leadership, overcoming hardship and a strong work ethic. (, 01 Jun 2011)
Other sports
He competed in biathlon and cross country-skiing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Mar 2014)
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 30 Jul 2017)
He was born with low vision because his mother Sue contracted chicken pox during pregnancy. His right eye stopped developing and has no vision. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018;, 01 Jun 2011)
Other information
He competed in biathlon and cross country-skiing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. "I definitely have a strong bias for cross-country. With school and the training I already do, there isn't much time for me to train in biathlon. I've mostly been jumping into biathlon races as tune-ups for the cross-country races and to get some experience, but it is fun to try out." (, 30 Jul 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 16 Mar 2014)

Pottery is one of his hobbies, and he has worked at a studio teaching classes to children. "It's a great summer job for me because I like the work and it doesn't conflict with training times." (, 03 Jul 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
14 2014 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 25:35.6
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
6 2014 20km Classic Style - Visually Impaired 58:37.4
8 2014 1km Sprint Freestyle - Visually Impaired 4:29.4
6 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 29:06.7
7 2014 10km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 25:43.0
5 2018 20km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 49:43.0
4 2018 Sprint Classic Style - Visually Impaired  
2 2018 10km Classic Style - Visually Impaired 24:31.3
7 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 26:07.6