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SOULE Andrew
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age37
Place of BirthTorrejón de Ardoz, ESP
Height1.80 m
Weight 68 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Lauren
Residence
Kerrville, TX, USA
Occupation
Veteran
Languages
English
Higher education
History - Texas A&M University: College Station, TX, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2006 in Sun Valley, ID, United States of America.
Why this sport?
While taking part in a handcycling ride in San Antonio, TX, United States of America, he met the director of Wood River Ability Program. The official believed that Soule had the potential to be a cross-county skier. His time in the US Army meant he already possessed good rifle skills, which made him suitable for biathlon. "I like the challenge and the chance to travel and be out in the world."
Name of coach
Eileen Carey [national], USA
Senior International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
United States
Location
Canada
General Interest
Nicknames
Andy (Twitter profile, 21 Dec 2017)
Hobbies
Gardening, cooking. (teamusa.org, 07 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the sprint event at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and claiming bronze in the biathlon 2.4km pursuit at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Director of US Para Nordic skiing John Farra. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named Male Para Nordic Skier of the Year by FasterSkier.com in 2015 and 2016. (fasterskier.com, 15 Apr 2016)

He was named Athlete of the Month for January 2015 by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (fasterskier.com, 10 Feb 2015)
Other sports
He competed in biathlon and cross-country skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010, 2014 and 2018. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Mar 2014)
Impairment
In May 2005 he was injured by an improvised explosive device [IED] while serving in the US Army in the Shinkay district of Afghanistan. The explosion killed one soldier and resulted in Soule having a double amputation above his knees. (army.mil, 13 Mar 2010)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
He won bronze in the 2.4km sitting pursuit at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, to become the first US biathlete to win a Paralympic medal. (SportsDeskOnline, 04 Mar 2013; army.mil, 15 Mar 2010)

BREAK FROM SPORT
He spent two years away from sport following the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver in order to study ballistics in Oklahoma City, OK, United States of America. He returned to competition in late 2012. (teamusa.org, 13 Dec 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
3 2010 2.4km Pursuit - Sitting  
4 2010 12.5km Individual - Sitting 44:26.2
4 2014 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 21:48.5
5 2014 12.5km Middle - Sitting 37:04.7
4 2014 15km Individual - Sitting 44:52.6
8 2018 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 25:08.3
3 2018 12.5km Middle - Sitting 47:08.7
9 2018 15km Individual - Sitting 50:51.2
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
10 2010 15km - Sitting 43:32.8
12 2010 10km - Sitting 29:18.7
11 2010 1km Sprint - Sitting  
5 2014 15km - Sitting 42:53.8
5 2014 1km Sprint - Sitting 2:38.0
9 2014 10km - Sitting 32:56.1
11 2018 15km - Sitting 44:36.9
1 2018 Sprint - Sitting 3:31.4
5 2018 7.5km - Sitting 23:02.8
12 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 28:23.1
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
9 2012/2013 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 23:19.2
8 2012/2013 12.5km Middle - Sitting 38:25.4
15 2012/2013 15km Individual - Sitting 47:21.1
2 2014/2015 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 22:07.8
9 2014/2015 12.5km Middle - Sitting 41:26.7
2 2014/2015 15km Individual - Sitting 46:56.9
6 2016/2017 12.5km Middle - Sitting 40:10.4
7 2016/2017 15km Individual - Sitting 54:26.7
4 2016/2017 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 22:59.1
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
22 2008/2009 15km - Sitting LW10-12 56:14.2
19 2008/2009 10km - Sitting LW10-12 38:23.2
14 2008/2009 1km Sprint - LW10-12  
19 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Sitting  
16 2012/2013 15km - Sitting 46:02.8
15 2012/2013 10km - Sitting 27:09.3
3 2014/2015 15km - Sitting 44:26.0
3 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Sitting  
7 2014/2015 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 34:47.0
2 2014/2015 10km - Sitting 28:08.5
2 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Sitting  
4 2016/2017 15km - Sitting 41:36.4
3 2016/2017 10km - Sitting 20:10.4