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James Stuck

James Stuck

James Stuck is a member of Team USA’s Men's Sitting Volleyball Team. His height – 6 feet, 5 inches – and his arm span and long torso make him a perfect athlete for the sport. After making the team in 2006, Stuck moved to the University of Central Oklahoma, an official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic training site, where he lives and trains fulltime with his teammates.

During his time on the team, James has seen ups and downs. They won silver at the Parapan American Games in 2007 and again in 2011. The 2011 game was especially hard fought, against one of their arch-rivals, Brazil, but the second place finish in that tournament, along with another loss at the Intercontinental Cup in Egypt, meant the team would not be qualified for London 2012.

Stuck came to Paralympic sports after losing part of his leg and sustaining other injuries in a 2005 IED attack in Kirkuk, Iraq. He spent nearly a year in Walter Reed Army Medical Center in rehabilitation, and came out determined to try new activities: snowboarding, skiing, soccer, track and sitting volleyball. “I went skiing five weeks after I’d lost my leg. It just shows what you can accomplish.” He has also taken up kayaking and snowboarding since he was injured, and he enrolled in college, saying, “I knew once I was medically discharged from the military that I wanted to continue my education to help others.”

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