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Mike Tagliapietra first started shooting in 1994 for the Fond du Lac pistol team and credits his former boss for getting him involved in the sport.
In 2009 he moved to Phoenix, AZ and became involved in Marathon and Triathlon racing. From 2009-2012 he competed in more than 30 road races using a handcycle and racing wheelchair. Realizing he was not going to be a Paralympian in these sports Mike discovered Paralympic shooting through the Phoenix Rod and Gun Club. He was immediately taken in by USA Shooting 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 from the Phoenix heat. During that trip, he called the Paralympic National Team Coach who talked him into committing full-time to the sport and becoming a resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. His success led him to being named USA Shooting's Paralympic Athlete of the Year in 2014 and 2015, and a 2016 Paralympian.
Son of Robert and Donna Tagliapietra, he has two sisters, Angela and Linda, and one brother, Bob.
Hobbies include marathons, triathlons, woodworking projects and volunteering.