With the 2016 Olympics in Rio half over the anticipation for the many Paralympians builds greater by the day. The Paralympics will be hosted in Rio starting September 7th and ending the 18th, and for most it cannot come soon enough.
Matt Stutzman will compete for Team USA in the Paralympics, without any arms. He was born in Fairfield, Iowa without either of his arms and has had to learn how to live by using his feet for hands. Stutzman nocks his arrow, adjusts his sight, and holds his bow all with his toes and feet. Stutzman got into archery as a way to put food on the table for his family. Archery as a passion grew for him and he set a goal to become one of the greatest.
He currently holds the world record for the longest accurate shot ever made with a bow which includes those who shoot with two arms. His record is 310 yards, pushing the limits of his equipment and his ability. [i]
In the 2012 Paralympic games, Stutzman won a silver medal while competing against archers with two arms. After watching some of his Team USA teammates win medals in the Olympics, like Brady Ellison who won silver in men’s archery, there is no question that Matt Stutzman cannot wait to shoot in Rio 2016. Matt continues to be a mentor to those with disabilities who are getting into the sport and for kids with big dreams. To watch Matt compete in the London Paralympics, please watch this video: Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl9vIIx801A
To watch Matt break his own worlds longest accurate archery shot record, please watch this video: Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgEiROtmXwU