Soldier who lost leg blazes 'legendary trail' as competitive marksman


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happygeek
June 10, 2012, 11:02 PM
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Army Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Olson lost his right leg in Iraq, but not his fight.

Since recovering from the potentially career-ending war wound nine years ago, Olson has thrived as a shooting instructor and competitive marksman.

This year, he became the first active-duty, combat-wounded soldier nominated for the U.S. Paralympic Team and will become the first to compete in a Paralympic games, which begin in late August in London.

The 32-year-old has placed in about 20 international marksmanship competitions in recent years, winning gold at the French Grand Prix and the Alicante Cup in Spain in 2009.

Most importantly, Olson has shown that wounded soldiers can continue to serve.


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JPG19
June 10, 2012, 11:07 PM
That's great. Good for him! Ought to be an inspiration to others!

saitek
June 10, 2012, 11:18 PM
way to go sarge wup some ass at the range for us !

MrDig
June 11, 2012, 12:17 AM
What a Joy to see and Good on Him. Too many think life is over when much smaller things happen to them. For him to overcome is an inspiration to all.

Hugo
June 11, 2012, 08:41 AM
Win the gold Man! Best of luck to you!

Tim the student
June 11, 2012, 05:56 PM
Good for him.

Steve CT
June 11, 2012, 07:54 PM
Last fall at the USCGA Three Gun in CT, there was a competitor who had lost both legs below the knee in Afghanistan. Shot the entire course with the best of them, a Man of terrific courage.

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