Try telling Matt Stutzman that he is handicapped and he will look at you as if you are nuts. The 29-year-old father of two may have been born without arms but he has nevertheless achieved the highest score of the day of people competing for the 2012 US Olympic Archery team!
His next step will take him to Italy for team trials and these are with other non-handicapped athletes. Matthew claims the fact that he has to use his legs to hold the bow gives him an advantage over normal archers because they have more muscle mass and are stronger than any of his rivals’ arms could ever be.
Matt can also hold a compound bow steadier, which is an asset, especially if there’s a cross wind. His mental advantage is something else altogether, as it is an outgrowth of his unbelievable focus and motivation.
If he makes it there and you know that he will, it is on to London and the Olympics and the gold medal he is determined to win!
Matt won’t put a handicap sticker on his car nor will he adapt the controls so that they can accommodate a driver with no arms. He is always challenging himself to do everything a person with arms can do and he can do most things with his feet as well as anyone can with hands.
Matt’s wife, Amber, supports all of her husband’s endeavors as do his two sons; boys, Cameron, age four, and Carter, age five.
Matt Stutzman is proof positive that attitude is absolutely everything in any endeavor.
Here’s to that gold medal, Matt.