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Friday, August 24, 2012 - 5:24am

Benning Soldier Competes In Paralympics

Updated: 2 years ago.
Wounded warrior soldiers conduct a practice match under the tutelage of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in 2010 at Fort Benning. A Georgia-based Army soldier who lost a leg while fighting in Iraq is getting ready to compete at the Paralympics in London. (Photo Courtesy of Michael Molinaro / U.S. Army via Flickr.)

A Georgia-based Army soldier who lost a leg while fighting in Iraq is getting ready to compete at the Paralympics in London.

Sgt. 1st Class Josh Olson, an Army marksman stationed at Fort Benning, will compete in two events — the mixed 10-meter air rifle competition Sept. 1 and the mixed 50-meter prone rifle event Sept. 4.

Olson was deployed to Iraq in 2004 when he suffered severe injuries in a rocket-propelled grenade explosion. Doctors had to amputate his right leg.

Olson stayed on active duty by joining the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning in Columbus. There he trained with the Army's other competitive shooters, including Olympians who just competed in London, to prepare for the Paralympics.

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