U.S. Army Paralympians are a rarefied breed of competitor. They’ve made enduring sacrifices on behalf of the nation they serve. Then on top of that, they’ve trained at the most elite levels to make it to the biggest stage there is. And because these athletes are also Soldiers, they’re especially tough, skilled, and ready to compete with a resolve you won’t find anywhere else. We can’t wait to see them compete in Rio.
Combat Medic - Para-Swimming
Sgt. Elizabeth Marks made international waves this summer, when she gave one of her four gold medals from the Invictus Games to Prince Harry to return to London and honor those who saved her life. As a Paralympic swimmer in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, Sgt. Marks will compete in the 100m breaststroke as part of the U.S. Paralympic team in Rio.
Infantryman - Para-Archery
Rehabilitating a foot amputation got a lot easier for Ssg. Michael Lukow when he took up archery. Retrieving his bows on prosthetics and braces was easier when he hit more targets, so that was a huge incentive to practice even harder. From his 2008 injury while deployed in Iraq, Ssg. Lukow is now aiming for the Recurve bow competition as a member of the U.S. Paralympic Team.
Indirect Fire Infantryman - Prone Rifle
Part of the Army Marksmanship Program, Staff Sergeant John Joss competes in the prone rifle event. SSG Joss was deployed to Iraq in 2007 where he was injured during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Joss quickly adapted to the sport of shooting after joing the Army Marksmanship Unit in 2012. SSG Joss earned a direct allocation quota for the U.S. Paralympic Team and will compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.