Ft. Benning soldier prepares to compete in Paralympics

Ft. Benning soldier prepares to compete in Paralympics

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - Wednesday kicks off the beginning of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – and one Fort Benning soldier is getting ready to take a shot at a gold medal.

Staff Sergeant John Joss is in Rio preparing for two events.

He is a two-time gold medalist in the USA Shooting National Championships, but this is his first Paralympic Games.

Even though he's a champion in other international competitions, he knows the stakes are much higher now.

"It's a big stage… international competitions are big and they're wonderful if you win them, but this is the world's best," Staff Sgt. Joss said. "there's a selection process and at this point you are competing against every country's best athlete, not an up-and-comer, but their best athlete. Winning here is literally, you are in the best in the world at what you do."

Staff Sgt. Joss will be competing in the 10-meter air rifle and the prone rifle events on Sept. 10 and 14.

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