Mike Tagliapietra

Para Pistol

Date of birth:



Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Olympic Experience:

  • 2016 Rio Paralympic Games


Michael began shooting NRA pistol events in 1994 after he was asked to join a local pistol team. He competed for several years at local clubs throughout Wisconsin. After taking a break from the sport, he picked it back up in 2009 at the Phoenix Rod & Gun Club where he met pistol Olympians Brenda Silva and Ruby Fox who encouraged him to get back into the sport.

Michael began shooting international in 2013 and made his first Paralympic team in 2016. He has his sights set on the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

Competition Highlights:

  • 2023 Parapan American Games: Bronze, Mixed P3 25m Sport Pistol SH1
  • 2022 Peru Grand Prix: Bronze in Men’s 10m Air Pistol P1 and silver in 25m Sport Pistol P3
  • 2022 Winter Air Gun Championships: Gold, P1 10m Air Pistol- (Colorado Springs location)
  • 2022 USA Shooting Pistol National Championships: Gold, P1 SH1 10M Men's Air Pistol; gold, P3 25M Sport Pistol Mixed
  • 2019 Para Pan American Games: Gold, mixed 25m sport pistol SH1; bronze Men's 10m Air Pistol SH1