Pearland's Andrew Soule becomes skiing medalist


PEARLAND — When someone grows up in Pearland, Texas and now resides in San Antonio, one doesn't figure on winning a medal at the World Skiing Championship.

Andrew Soule graduated from Pearland High School in 1999, received a degree from Texas A&M University, and then enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Soule served his country until 2006 when he was medically discharged because both of his legs were blown off due to a bomb explosion while he was serving in Afghanistan.

Soule ran cross country at Pearland HS.

After suffering the loss of his legs, Soule decided to become a Nordic skier and he qualified for the Paralympics. He won a bronze medal in 2010 and became the first American to win a medal in that sport. In 2014 he won the most medals by a U.S. Athlete.

Back in January, Soule was voted the Allianz Athlete of the Month after a record breaking performance at the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships.

On home snow in Cable, USA, Soule made history by winning the most ever medals by a US athlete at a Nordic Skiing World Championships, claiming three silver and two bronze medals.

The 34-year-old sit skier won silver in the 7.5km and 12.5km biathlon races as well as the 10km cross-country. In cross-country he also picked up bronze in the 1km sprint and the 15km races.