My Way to Olympia

PBS Premiere: July 7, 2014Check the broadcast schedule »

In Context

"Archery can be used as a rehabilitation tool, it can make people feel normal again," says American archer Matt Stutzman. "Because of archery, I can support my family and pay the bills. It makes me feel good as a father and a husband."

Stutzman was born without arms and adopted by a family from Kansas at the age of 18 months. He has made his career in the sport of archery, calling himself the "armless archer." He was a member of the U.S. Paralympic Archery Team in 2012, when he won the Silver Medal. He currently holds the world record for longest accurate shot in history, hitting a target from 230 yards away. At a young age, Stutzman learned to do many things with his feet, including feeding himself, writing and riding a bike. Stutzman even holds a driver's license. (He operates a vehicle with his feet.) After feeling left out when he watched his brothers go hunting, Stutzman taught himself to shoot a gun and operate a bow and arrow with his feet. Stutzman's impressive skill and one-of-a-kind technique have made him a fan favorite. He lives with his wife and three sons in Iowa.


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