Matt Stutzman

Matt Stutzman

The Backstory:
Known as the “Armless Archer,” Matt Stutzman was raised with the philosophy that he could do anything he wanted to do if he was willing to adapt. Raised in a hunting family, Stutzman first taught himself to shoot rifles, then took up archery. In his first trip to the Paralympics, the 2012 London Games, he won the silver medal. At Rio in 2016 he finished fourth, missing a medal by one spot. He holds the world record for the longest bulls-eye by any archer (para or able-bodied), a 230-yard shot in 2015. He holds two World Championship medals (one gold).

Away from archery:
Stutzman is married with three kids and is passionate about using his platform to encourage others to get up and achieve their goals. He is a major car aficionado.

In their own words:
“Hey, I’m going to prove everybody wrong. I’m going to show them that I am the best, and that I deserve sponsorship because I’m the best, not because I’m unique, or different.”

“The feeling is, it’s almost better than winning. Like, what is defining of the best archer in the world? The best archer in the world is somebody who changes the sport, makes it better, or changes people that watch what you do and make them better. In my mind, that’s considered the best archer in the world.”

“Archery changed my life. I went from living off of Social Security, which was $600 a month, to now I don’t need Social Security. I can take care of my kids. Now people know who I am. This is bigger than archery now.”

Learn more:
Team USA Page
IPC Page
Des Moines Register: “Iowa’s ‘Armless Archer’ aims for gold at Tokyo Paralympics”
NPR: “Armless Archer Matt Stutzman Describes How He Shoots A Bow- And Wins Medals”
CBS News: “The Armless Archer”


Paralympian 2016

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  • Sport: Archery
  • Limb Difference: 
  • DOB: 12/10/82
  • Residence: Salt Lake City, UT
  • College: N/A
  • Previous Games: 2016
  • Classification: Compound