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101st Airborne vet wins silver in Paralympics

Mar. 15, 2014 - 04:08PM   |  
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CLARKSVILLE, TENN. — A former squad leader in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division who received a Purple Heart has won a silver medal at the Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.

Heath Calhoun took second in super combined sit-skiing Friday with a total time of 2:19:09, less than a second behind gold medal winner Josh Dueck of Canada. Calhoun finished just off the podium in the slalom and super-G.

Calhoun was wounded in Iraq in 2003 and took up sit-skiing in 2006. He was the flag-bearer for Team USA at the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver and has been featured on a cereal box and in national TV commercials.

The Bristol, Va., native lives in Clarksville, Tenn., near the 101st Airborne’s base at Fort Campbell on the Kentucky line.

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