Matt Stutzman is a man who makes no excuses. Being born without arms would lead almost any “Normal” person into a state of feeling like the world owes you something, and asking “Why Me?”. Matt used this situation to instead ask “Why Not?”. He has become a household name because he has trained himself to become one of the best archers in the world, a world record holder using his feet, and has become the leader on the Para United States Archery Team, and plans to be standing on the medals podium at the London Para Olympics 2012 this year. Last night, he was featured on CNN Piers Morgan, and here is what what was written about him:
A 29-year-old native of Kansas City, Kansas, Stutzman was born without arms, and subsequently given up for adoption. His adoptive dad was an archer, inspiring Stutzman to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Though forced to use his feet in lieu of arms and hands, he boasts the world record for the longest accurate shot in archery, a mark that includes able-bodied archers.
But how is he received by fellow archers?
“I would like to say that they think that I’m a good competitor,” Stutzman tells Piers Morgan. “But they’re probably thinking, ‘Why is that guy sitting down and shooting with his feet?'”
Joking aside Stutzman explains “I think they think that I’m just trying to compete, like they are, and be the best at archery.”
Fascinated by Stutzman’s skill to break a world record last set by an able-bodied man, the host wonders about his guest’s inspiration:
“You’re an astonishing guy and you’ve got this remarkable spirit and determination,” Morgan remarks. “Where do you get that from?”
“My parents really pushed me to be the best that I can be,” the armless archer explains. “I feel like I learned that from them.”
Stutzman says he grew up dreaming about serving his country, but since he can’t do enough push-ups, he’s chosen to represent the United States on his terms:
“The fact that I get to do and represent America in a sport that I love, it’s kind of my way of saying thank you back.”
Watch the clip as Stutzman further explains his unique skills, then tune in tonight at 9pm for a full demonstration from the world record holder.
Here “The King Of Kamelot” goes Arching in NYC with a man who defines the word “Courage” and “Inspiration”, Matt Stutzman, before he departed for London to go bring home the Gold Medal for our country to talk about what it has been like living and succeeding with no arms, becoming “The Pride Of America”, and he shows me right in the middle of Central Park how hard it is to do what he does, even with 2 arms! This is truly one of my favorite interviews/segments that I have ever done, because Matt is not only an incredible athlete, but also a man who shows all of us that no matter what the circumstances, we can all live our dreams and be the best! You have to see this to believe it, so enjoy Kade Nation!
Here is Matt Stutzman on CNN’s Piers Morgan last night!