Sagen is coming home. Following her stellar performance on Team USA representing the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at the Tokyo Olympics, Spc Sagen (pronounced “say-jen”) Maddalena has been granted leave to return home as Grand Marshall of the 31st annual 49er Festival on September 18.
It takes Faith, Hope, and Grit (theme of this year’s festival) to believe in yourself, to pursue your dreams, and to serve your country and your community. “We couldn’t think of a more fitting Grand Marshall for the 2021 49er Festival,” said Bob Turney, president of the Yosemite | Hwy 120 Chamber of Commerce. “Sagen is a local hero. Like so many of the original 49ers, her quest for gold united and inspired us all. We’re proud to honor Sagen’s dedication to herself, her community, and her country. Welcome home, Sagen!”
Sagen Maddalena grew up in Groveland. She graduated from Keyes to Learning Charter School in 2012 and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management in May 2018. She enlisted on active duty in March 2019 and was assigned to the USAMU International Team as a shooter/instructor.
Before joining the US Army in 2019, Maddalena already had a distinguished shooting career. She was an eight-time All American (2014-2018) with the UAF rifle team, World Championship team member 2014 and 2018, President’s 100 (2010) and Distinguished Rifleman (2011).
In addition to her final standing in fifth position at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, her significant achievements as a marksman include:
Gold medal, NRA Conventional Prone, Blackhawk Championships, Dawsonville, GA; National Record
National Champion, 3-Position Rifle, ASSA National Championships, Bristol, IN; National Record
Second Alternate, Women’s Air Rifle, US Olympic Trials, Colorado Springs, CO
Sagen currently resides at Fort Benning, Georgia.