COLUMBUS, Ga. – In July, we shared the story of the four soldiers from Ft. Benning who represent their country not only as soldiers, but also Olympians. They will be competing in the marksmen events in Rio this week.
Tonight, we focus on another local soldier heading to Rio hoping to bring back gold from the Paralympics.
Staff Sergeant John Joss will be representing the United States in the prone rifle event in Rio at next month’s Paralympics.
Joss was deployed to Iraq in 2007 and lost part of his right leg in a combat injury. He came to Ft. Benning for rehabilitation.
And that’s where he began competitive shooting.
Since joining the Army Marksmanship Unit in 2012, Joss has always dreamed of competing in the Olympics.
He won back to back gold medals in 2013 and 2014 at the USA shooting national championships. And hopes to bring one back from Rio. Joss says the training he’s received here at Ft. Benning is what has made him one of the best competitive sharpshooters in the world.
“I think that’s probably the catalyst for my success. Because here at the Army Marksmanship Unit. This is the mecca for shooting sport. So if you want to be a world class athlete, this is the place to be in the united states. And I rose quickly to success because I have multiple Olympians as coaches. You know they’ve been there, they’ve seen the stress,” he says.
He is only the 2nd active duty soldier to go to the Paralympics.
Joss will be competing on September 10th and 14th in Rio.