Date of Birth: 10/2/1965
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Events: Paralympic Pistol P1 and P4
Eric Hollen has been involved in shooting his whole life. He joined the U.S. Army and became a U.S. Army Ranger in 2/75 Ranger Regiment. Shortly thereafter Eric completed the Special Forces Qualification Course and became a proud member of the 2nd Bn. 10th Special Forces Group at Ft. Carson, fighting for the red, white and blue.
After a life-altering injury he sustained on his horse farm in Tennessee, Hollen gained a new lease on life by seizing the opportunity to compete in the sport of shooting. His renewed purpose was to attend school and develop his shooting abilities. Hollen completed his bachelor’s degree in April of 2010, and is currently a master’s student with the University of Southern California.
He was awarded USA Shooting’s 2011 Paralympic Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row. Hollen made USA Shooting history by winning a coveted quota slot for the 2012 Paralympic Games with his performance in the IPC World Cup in Sydney, Australia. This represented the first time a U.S. Paralympic pistol shooter qualified for the Games.
Hollen strives to help newly injured veterans through a program called the Care Coalition which supports injured Special Operations soldiers. Hollen tries to shine a light of optimism by focusing on the potential to find success after a catastrophic, life-changing injury. Through athletics and academics Hollen helps the injured establish new goals.
“After a traumatic injury, the disability becomes the sole focus; through sport and school, the injured have an opportunity to shift their paradigm from disability to ability. Real athletes persevere. I am truly honored to be able to represent my country in the 2012 Paralympic Games.”
Hollen is the father of aspiring Junior Olympian Payten Hollen, a first year J-3 ski racer with Team Breckinridge and a day-use athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Click here to learn more about Eric Hollen.
- 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team Nominee
- 2011 IPC Sydney, Silver Medalist & Quota Winner (P1)
- 2011 IPC Sydney, Bronze Medalist (P4)
- 2011 IPC Approved Competition USA, Gold Medalist (P4)
- 2011 IPC Approved Competition USA, Gold Medalist (P1)
- 2010 IPC World Cup Spain, Bronze Medalist
- 2009 IPC World Cup Spain, Silver Medalist
- 2009 IPC World Cup France, Bronze Medalist
- 2008 Hessenpokal Championships, Gold Medalist