Joshua Olson

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Joshua Olson
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Olson competes in the 10-meter rifle competition during the 2012 Paralympic Games in London Sept 120901-F-FD742-003.jpg
Olson at the 2012 Paralympics
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1979-08-21) August 21, 1979 (age 37)[1]
Spokane, Washington, U.S.[2]
Sport Rifle shooting
Club U.S. Army

Joshua Olson (born August 21, 1979) is an American rifle shooter. He competed at the 2012 Paralympics and placed 12th in the mixed 50 m rifle prone SH1 event.


Early life and Paralympics[edit]

Olson became a Paralympian after losing his leg to a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq War in 2003.[3] In June 2005, he was assigned as a marksman to Fort Benning, where practiced shotgun shooting. He said that in his first tryout outside he hit 49 out of 50.[4] In 2009 he won silver medals at the Oceania Games and Hessian Trophy and gold medals at the French Grand Prix and Alicante Cup.[2][5] He qualified for the 2012 Paralympics by winning a gold and a silver medal at an IPC Approved Competition in 2011.[6]

Prosthesis development[edit]

Besides shooting Olson helped develop a prosthesis for wounded soldiers. In late 2004, he met a Prosthetics and Associates employee in Orlando, Florida; together they drew a design on a piece of napkin. As soon as he came back to Walter Reed Army Medical Center the officials liked the new prosthesis on him so much that they started sending copies to wounded soldiers in Florida.[4]


  1. ^ Joshua Olson.
  2. ^ a b "Joshua Olson". Team USA. United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Wounded in War, Josh Olson Heads to Paralympics as a Shooter". NBC. August 6, 2012. Archived from the original on October 3, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. (September 6, 2012). "Army Paralympic shooter helps pioneer prosthesis". American Forces Press Service. Archived from the original on November 17, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Iraq War Veteran Josh Olson Earns 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team Nomination". USA Shooting. January 17, 2012. Archived from the original on June 1, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ Michael Molinaro (August 22, 2012). "Olson ready to make Paralympic history". USAMU PAO. Archived from the original on June 6, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2013.