HIS LIFE FOREVER CHANGED.
When the September 11th attacks shocked the world, Andy Soule didn’t hesitate to jump into action and enlist in the U.S. Army. In 2005, he was serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan when his vehicle ran over a mine. The explosion killed one of his fellow soldiers and blew him clear of the vehicle. Both of his legs had to be amputated above the knees.
SETTING HIS SIGHTS ON A WHOLE NEW TARGET.
While recuperating, Andy attended a development camp with the U.S. Adaptive Cross-Country Ski Team. It was an opportunity he admits he was “totally blindsided by.” Despite having little skiing experience, he quickly took to the biathlon. The ability to mentally switch between skiing and shooting is something few can master, but just two years after his amputation, Andy won silver at the 2007 U.S. Championships. He went on to win a bronze medal at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, becoming the first American to win a biathlon medal in either the Olympic or the Paralympic Games.