Get to Know: Paralympic Rifle Shooter John Joss

Though Sergeant John Joss (U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit/Corsicana, Texas) is a first-time Paralympian, he’s been representing his country his entire life.

“It’s awesome to be a part of another great U.S. Team,” Joss said, noting that “other team” is the United States Army. “I’ve been working with the Olympians at Fort Benning mostly on my 50m shooting and no one has been training harder, smarter, or with better coaching. I’m ready, Freddy!”

U. S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) Rifle Coach and 2012 Olympian Jason Parker said Joss is ready for his moment at the Paralympic Games, noting he often challenged his Olympian teammates in scores and Finals, even besting them occasionally in training. At the 2015 USA Shooting National Championships, Joss secured a slot in one of the Open event Finals and finished in sixth place overall at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trails for Smallbore in the Men’s Prone Rifle event.

Joss was recruited into the then newly-formed Paralympic section of the USAMU in 2013 when he was running on the track at Fort Benning for physical therapy. Joss lost a portion of his lower right leg as a result of injuries suffered when his vehicle was caught in an ambush during combat in Iraq.

John Joss will compete in the R3 (Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1) event on September 10 and R6 (Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH1) event on September 14 at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Follow livestreams online of the events here:

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