Pearland's Andrew Soule becomes skiing medalist
June 1, 2015
June 1, 2015
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.
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