U.S. Army Paralympian Bio
Sergeant First Class
Joshua J. Olson
Event: International Rifle Shooter (Paralympics)
Home State: Alabama
Unit: U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, Fort Benning, Ga.
Sgt. 1st Class Joshua J. Olson, an international rifle shooter with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, has distinguished himself through his many accomplishments.
Olson enlisted in the Army Nov. 5, 1997. After he completed Basic Training and Infantry Training at Fort Benning, Ga., he was stationed with the 1st Battalion, 187th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), of Fort Campbell, Ky. He served as a rifleman, machine gunner, team leader and squad leader and also as a scout platoon squad leader in Korea. He deployed to Kosovo as a rifle team leader for peacekeeping operations in 1999. He participated in the first wave of invasion of Operation Iraqi Freedom, helped to liberate the city of Al Hiliah and lost his right leg in an ambush Oct. 27, 2003, in the northern Iraqi town of Telafar.
He joined the Army Marksmanship Unit June 13, 2005, as an international rifle shooter/instructor. He has numerous shooting accomplishments in his short competitive career. He has also instructed many fellow Soldiers in the fundamentals of marksmanship, sharing with them his personal combat experience.
Olson started competitive shooting in 2005. The following are some highlights over the course of his new shooting career.
Nominated, U.S. Paralympic Team
First Place, Paralympic Smallbore Prone, USA Shooting National Championships, Fort Benning, Ga.
Second Place, Paralympic Air Rifle Prone, USA Shooting National Championships, Fort Benning, Ga.
Second Place, Paralympic Smallbore Prone, Rocky Mountain Rifle Championships
Third Place, Paralympic Air Rifle Prone, Rocky Mountain Rifle Championships
Seventh Place, Smallbore Prone, Alicante Cup, Alicante, Spain
14th Place, Air Rifle Prone, Alicante Cup, Alicante, Spain
Eighth Place, Smallbore Prone, World Cup USA, Fort Benning, Ga.
10th Place, Hessian Trophy, Germany
Ninth Place, French Grand Prix, Volmenange, France
Fourth Place, Alicante Cup, Alicante, Spain
Sixth Place, World Championships, Zagreb, Croatia
Second Place, Hessian Trophy, Germany
First Place, French Grand Prix, Volmenange, France
First Place, Alicante Cup, Alicante, Spain
Second Place, Oceanic Games, Sydney, Australia
Alternate, U.S. Paralympic Team
Fifth Place, Hessian Trophy
Sixth Place, Hessen Cup, Germany
Fifth Place, Oceania Championships, Sydney, Australia
12th Place, 2007 Euro Championships, Suhl, Germany
Member, U.S. Paralympics Team, Hessian, Germany
Eighth Place, World Championships, Sargans, Switzerland
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- Army Marksmanship Unit shooter grabs last Olympic spot
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- Shooter targets Olympic Trials after gold medal performance in Italy
- U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Soldiers attend Olympic Media Summit
- Marksmanship Unit adding wounded-warrior sections
- Wounded Warrior headed to Paralympic Games
- Warrior Transition Command: Paralympic Games 2012
- Schedule for World Class Athlete Program Olympians at London 2012 Olympics
- Schedule for Army Marksmanship Unit Olympians at London 2012 Olympics
- London 2012
- STAND-TO!: U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program
- The U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program
- The U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program on Twitter
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- The U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program on Flickr
- The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit
- The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit on Facebook
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- The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit on YouTube
- Team USA
- Team USA on Facebook
- Team USA on Twitter
- U.S. Paralympics
- USA Shooting
- USA Shooting on Facebook
- USA Shooting on Twitter
- Army Strong Stories
- Defense.gov: 2012 Military Olympians
- Defense.gov: 2012 Military Paralympians