Benning shooter Olson finishes strong but misses Paralympics final

benw@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 4, 2012 

Sgt. 1st Class Josh Olson finished strong today in the 50 meter prone rifle at the Paralympics in London but not enough to make the final.

Olson, a member of the U.S. Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning and the first active-duty soldier to ever qualify for the 2012 Paralympics Games, shot a 587 and finished 12th. He was one of five shooters to put together two strings of perfect 100s but it wasn't enough at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

"Regardless of the result, what he did this week was historic," said Michael Molinaro, a spokesman for the Marksmanship Unit. "He has blazed a trail for all of our wounded veterans who want to stay on active duty and serve their country."

His journey to the Paralympics started in October 2003 when his unit was ambushed with a rocket propelled grenade in Northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar. He lost his right leg from the hip down, but was allowed to  remain on active duty with the Marksmanship Unit.

Olson, 32, is the last of seven soldiers to compete in the Games in London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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