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On Target: Shooting Arrows Without Arms

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The video is a look at Paralympian Matt Stutzman, who was born without arms. That hasn’t stopped him from becoming one of the world’s best archers, proving that the human spirit is stronger than the physical. Matt competes professionally for the U.S. Paralympic Archery Team and even set the Guinness World Record for longest accurate shot in archery.

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The video begins by Matt relating how he had to learn how to shoot a bow, which was difficult initially because it was a rare thing to have to use feet instead of arms. Matt is shown effortlessly stringing a bow and firing it, hitting the target dead center.

Matt, from Fairfield, Iowa, continues to demonstrate his shooting prowess. He says he never sees not having arms as a limitation, and is shown doing daily tasks like pouring milk or eating at the dinner table with ease. He says it’s amazing how when the body is missing something, the rest of the body compensates and takes over. He says he uses his feet for everything, even using his phone.

He says it took him two weeks to figure out how to bolt and shoot a bow, and had to think outside the box and come up with creative ways of shooting. He holds the bow with his right foot and practiced six hours a day, seven days a week. He says when he’s in the game, that’s his complete focus and everything else disappears – his bow must have shot millions of arrows by now, he says.

His medals that have stood out are his Paralympics silver and the Guinness World Record for longest accurate shot in archery where he shot an arrow from 310 yards away.

He says he wants his kids to see that no matter what the challenge is, you can overcome it if you put your head down, push through and figure out a way to be successful and be a good person. At the end of the day, Matt just wants to be the best in the world.

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