Armless archer aims for gold in Paralympics

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by KHOU.com staff

WVEC.com

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 3:33 PM

IOWA – An Iowa man was born without both arms, but he didn’t let that stop him from taking up archery a few years ago. Now his aim is dead on.

Matt Stutzman uses his foot to load the arrow then he pulls the bow using a small string attached to his shoulder, and he triggers the release with his jaw.

In 2012, he won a silver medal at the Paralympics in London – the gold medalist had use of both arms.

Stutzman said he has his sights set on gold in 2016.

“Ultimately, I want to prove to the world that I'm just kind of normal, you know,” said Stutzman. “I'm just doing my thing. I was born with no arms, yes, but I'm blessed to be able to compete with the best.”

He recently competed against nearly 2,000 of the world’s best archers with arms and he finished in fifth place overall.

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