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John Joss Iii

Shooting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH1

Further personal information

Family
Daughters Aurelia and Helena
Residence
Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He was encouraged to join the US Army shooting team in 2011 and earned a post in the Marksmanship Unit in 2012.
Why this sport?
While attending a course at Fort Benning, GA, United States of America, he was told the US Army Marksmanship Unit had started a Paralympic programme and were recruiting new athletes. "I wasn't sure what it'd be like, but I tried out, and it's been great since."
Handedness
Right

General interest

Hobbies
Motorcycles. (Facebook profile, 24 Jul 2020)
Injuries
In 2016/17 he underwent shoulder surgery which left him unable to shoot for eight months. (armywcap.com, 10 Apr 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I'm a competitor first. If you pick up a stick and throw it into the wood line, I'll pick up another one and throw it even farther." (armywcap.com, 10 Apr 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2013 he was named Paralympic Athlete of the Year by USA Shooting. (theoutdoorwire.com, 02 Jun 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (armywcap.com, 10 Apr 2019)
Impairment
He required a right lower leg amputation following an explosion while serving in the US Army in Iraq in May 2007. He was in a vehicle that was hit by an improvised explosive device. (armywcap.com, 10 Apr 2019; teamusa.org, 09 Jul 2015)
Other information
US ARMY SERVICE
He enlisted in the US Army in 2004 and has served as an infantryman. While deployed to Iraq in 2007, he lost his right lower leg due to an improvised explosive device. In 2012 he earned a post in the US Army Marksmanship Unit. (armywcap.com, 10 Apr 2019; US Army Marksmanship Unit Facebook page, 24 Apr 2018; usashooting.org, 15 Feb 2016; teamusa.org, 01 Oct 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2014 IPC Shooting World Championships (Suhl, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2014-07-21 29
Team R3 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2014-07-21 13
Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Elimination 2014-07-22 10
Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2014-07-22 22
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
R3 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Prone SH1 Qualification 2016-09-10 40
R6 - Mixed 50 m Rifle Prone SH1 Qualification 2016-09-14 6
R6 - Mixed 50 m Rifle Prone SH1 Final Round 2016-09-14 5
Cheongju 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships (Cheongju, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
R6 - Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 15