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Kevin Stone is a Paralympic archer who was a member of the first American team to ever win a metal for archery.


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Military Service

Stone was a member of the U.S. Army 7th Infantry in California in 1985 when he was involved in a vehicle accident following a military training exercise. The vehicle was thrown off of a cliff and landed on Stone.

In 1987, he joined a veterans' rehabilitation program at Adrian College in Michigan. Soon after he began competing in billiards, shooting and archery at the Veterans Wheelchair Games. In 2002, he was invited to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.


Anti-Doping

United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) nearly ended Stone's career when it began enforcing strict anti-doping policies. Stone was advised that stopping his medication could result in a stroke. But he slowly weaned himself off of his medications anyway. Stone said of the experience, "I was experiencing more function, muscle tone, memory, alertness, vision—it was an amazing transformation. I wouldn't trade the life I’m in now for the comfortable, drugged-up life ever again."[1]


2004 Paralypic Win

Stone's team consisted of himself, Jeff Fabry, and Aaron Cross. They won the bronze metal defeating Great Britain, 231-212.


Paws with a Cause

Stone and his service dog, Jonah, serve as a demonstration team for Paws with a Cause, a group that trains assistance dogs for people with disabilities.


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References

  1. McFarland, Kelli. "ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT: U.S. paralympic archer Kevin Stone." United States Olympic Committee. September 22, 2005. Accessed on May 28, 2008.

McFarland, Kelli. "ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT: U.S. paralympic archer Kevin Stone." United States Olympic Committee. September 22, 2005. Accessed on May 28, 2008.