Hometown: Widnoon, PA
Residence: Williamsburg, VA
Archery is a precision sport, but every athlete prepares for competition differently.
“Very rarely will you see people with identical setups on their bows,” according to Russell Wolfe. “The bow, even each arrow set up, is fitted for the individual and their shooting style.”
He sees archery as a highly technical sport: “You use what works for you.“
Wolfe, who competes in the individual W2 recurve division, has been a member of the PARA-USAT (United States Archery Team) for seven years.
He came to Paralympic sports after 11 years of active military duty, when non-combat injuries left him paralyzed. He competed in his first national competition in 2004 and first Paralympic Games in 2008 in Beijing, China, but did not medal. The following year, at the European Grand Prix, Russell took silver, and he won his first IPC Archery World Championship medal, a bronze, in 2009. He also took bronze in the 2011 Parapan American Games in Mexico.
Wolfe has long been involved in the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Paralympic Ambassador Program. Under the program, Paralympians like Wolfe who are top-level athletes act as mentors to other disabled men and women; some mentors are veterans like him. Russell has also been committed to the Warrior Games, acting as a mentor/coach in 2010 and as archery coach for the Navy/Coast Guard team in 2011 and 2012. He says these competitions and activities show the newly-injured vets that “Life goes on. You can’t live in the past. You have to get up and go.”
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