Joan Guetschow (born September 6, 1966) is an Olympic biathlete . She competed at the Olympic Games in 1992 in Albertville and 1994 in Lillehammer, representing the United States. Her best result was 17th in Lillehammer in the 15 km distance event, hitting 19/20 targets. She also competed for her country in the World Championships in Lahti in 1991 and Borovetz in 1993. She was the overall winner of the first-ever Olympic Trials for the U.S. Women's Olympic Biathlon Team in 1992. In 1994 she also won Olympic Trials.
She has also been talented in other sports. She earned an All-American Honorable Mention in High School for swimming while at Hopkins High School in Minnesota. In triathlon she participated 1986 in Finland Championships Games and became second, right after Marjo Matikainen, Olympic gold medalist in cross country skiing. In 1988, she placed first in the 10 km skate National Collegiate Ski Association Cross Country Ski Championships.
After competing, Guetschow was a U.S. National Development Coach for U.S. Biathlon from 1995-1999. In 1996 she received the U.S. Olympic Committee's, "Developmental Coach of the Year" award for biathlon. She also served as an athlete representative on the Board of Trustees Executive Committee for the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Guetschow is a lesbian, and was one of the earliest female athletes to come out publicly. She stated that she had been up front with her team mates about her sexuality. She stated in an interview about lesbian athletes that her team mates were extremely supportive when she first came out to them. She further stated that "there were members of management that didn't go out of their way to make me their poster biathlete", but that overall she was treated fairly. She also was quoted as saying that her team, at the time, spent a lot of time in Europe, and that Europeans seemed to be less invasive, and couldn't care less about her sexuality.
Guetschow is married to Tricia Stumpf, World Championship Medalist in Skeleton. She has a twin brother, Dave Guetschow, who played professional soccer for the Portland Firebirds and was the goalkeeper for the United States national bandy team. Dave and Joan are dual U.S.-Canadian citizens since their mother, Janet Wallis Guetschow, was born and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.