Monday, June 13, 2011

A foot above

Matt Stutzman has made the US Olympic Archery team ... and he has no arms ... and no offense intended ... but we are not talking about the Special Olympics event ... we're talking ... the World Olympics.

By Curt Swarm
A little over a year ago, I wrote about Matt Stutzman, a young man in his late twenties, born with no arms. Matt never let his handicap slow him down, and could do most things as good or better than a person with arms. Matt does everything with his feet, and I mean everything — eat, drive a car, ride a motorcycle. You won’t find a handicap sticker on Matt’s car, nor is his car adapted for a person with no arms. He purposely challenges himself to do any and everything a “normal” person can do.

Matt was into archery in a big way, having placed high and winning several national competitions shooting against people without handicaps.

Are you sitting down? If not, you might want to, ‘cause here’s some really big news. Matt Stutzman has qualified for the National U.S. Olympic team in archery! Not the Special Olympics. The Olympic Team.

In qualifying for the team, he had the highest score for people shooting that day. Out of 30 people testing, three made the team, and Matt had the highest score. Not bad for a guy with no arms......

An amazing real story.

Now, what could we do if we really tried?

xtnyoda, shalomed



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