Armless archer Matt Stutzman goes into the Paralympic year with plenty of motivation.
That he’s reached the highest level of competition after being born without arms, of course, but also because of what happened at the London 2012 Paralympics.
Four years ago, Stutzman qualified as the top seed but lost in the Paralympic final against Finland’s Jere Forsberg, who competed in a wheelchair but with both arms.
Stutzman left his first Paralympics with a silver medal.
This year, he’ll be looking to improve not only on that but also on a round of 32 exit at the 2015 IPC World Archery Championships.
“When I went into London I was the guy who no one knew, and I was just there to make a name for myself,” Stutzman said in November. “Now everyone knows who I am, and people tell me all the time that I’m the one they’re gunning for. So I use that as motivation to not only prove to them that I can still be the best, but I can do [it] also without arms.”