Matt Stutzman won a silver medal at the London 2012 Paralympics, broke the Guinness World Record for longest archery shot (230 yards or approximately two football fields), and then broke his own world record at 310 yards. He is ranked the eleventh best archer in the world and is called the Armless Archer because he has accomplished everything without arms.
I was lucky enough to interview him about the upcoming Rio Paralympics, London 2012, and his family!
The Olympics of Blogs: What are you most excited for in Rio?
Matt: I am most excited about the opportunity of competing in my second games and for another shot at a Gold Medal.
The Olympics of Blogs: Why did you choose archery as your sport?
Matt: I chose archery because it is the only sport that doesn’t stereotype against any athlete. Anyone can pick up a bow and be the best in the world at it with enough practice.
The Olympics of Blogs: What has been your favorite moment at a competition?
Matt: My favorite moment in a competition was back in 2014 when I competed at indoor nationals, which is the largest competition in the US. I became the first person with a physical disability to shoot a perfect score, I did not miss any points. I was one of only eight athletes to do so.
The Olympics of Blogs: What has been your proudest moment as an athlete?
Matt: My proudest moment as an athlete was representing Team USA in the 2012 London Paralympic Games and being part of something bigger than myself.
The Olympics of Blogs: Have you ever thought about competing in the Olympics and the Paralympics as some athletes have done? Would you do it?
Matt: I would compete in the Olympic Games, but as of right now they don’t allow the use of compound bows, which is what I shoot. Until the they allow compound in the Olympic Games, I will compete in the Paralympic Games.
The Olympics of Blogs: What were you thinking as you stood on the podium after you won silver at the 2012 Paralympics?
Matt: I thought about where I had left my gloves…. lol. But in all seriousness, I just thought about how proud I was to represent the United States of America.
The Olympics of Blogs: What inspires you?
Matt: My family inspires me because they look up to me and I want to show my boys that with hard work, you can overcome anything.
The Olympics of Blogs: Is it difficult to balance training for the Paralympics and having a family?
Matt: Yes, it is difficult. I have to budget my time wisely and have a good dose of family mixed in with training.