April Holmes, “How to Adapt When Your Life Takes a Turn,” Oprah Magazine, 10/2012 Issue

Oprah’s “O” Magazine published an article on April Holmes, 2012 Paralympic Medalist, in their October issue.

Paralympic Medalist April Holmes

Visit from April Holmes, 2012 London Paralympic Games Medal Winner!, 9/19/2012

Paralympic athlete April Holmes stopped by POA today to show us her BRONZE medal! She insisted on “sharing” it with Stan! 🙂 Congratulations, April!!!

April Holmes, “A run with purpose,” Orlando Sentinel, 8/30/2012

Great article on 39-year-old April Holmes, who is set to compete in the 2012 Paralympics, and fully intends to win both the 100 and 200-meter sprints.  This will be April’s third Paralympics.  She competed in the 2004 Athens games, and won a bronze medal in the long jump. In the 2008 Beijing games, she was in first place when she stumbled and fell.  Although bleeding and devastated, April got back up and finished the race. Five days later, she won the 100 meters.  That’s the kind of determination that makes her a winner as she continues to walk her journey. April Holmes, A run with purpose, Orlando Sentinel, 8/30/2012

April’s competitions:
9/1 100 Semi 2:33-46PM
9/2 100 Final 4:32-38PM
9/3 100 Medal Ceremony 6:30-35AM
9/5 200 Semi 6:09-16AM
9/6 200 Final 3:38-44PM
9/6 200 Medal Ceremony 4:30-35PM

AGAIN YOU CAN WATCH LIVE AT www.paralympic.org OR CATCH THE NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will air one-hour highlight shows on Sept. 4, 5, 6 and 11 at 7 p.m. EDT. Following the Paralympic Games, on Sept. 16, NBC will broadcast a 90 minute special from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT. All NBC and NBC Sports Network Paralympic highlight shows and specials will re-air on Universal Sports Network and universalsports.com.

An RPG took Josh Olson’s leg, but not his Spirit,” Washington Post, 8/21/2012

As the start of the 2012 Paralympic Games approaches, many of the athletes have been spotlighted by the media. One such athlete is Josh Olson, an Army Sharpshooter and the first active duty soldier to compete in the Paralympics. We are proud and blessed to know Josh, and forever grateful to him and all our service men and women for the sacrifices they make for our safety and freedom.

“An RPG took Josh Olson’s leg, but not his spirit, ” Washington Post article, 8/21/2012


April Holmes, “the fastest amputee in the world,” Fox News Orlando, 7/9/12

April was on the local Fox News last night….. great interview! We’re looking forward to cheering her on in the Paralympics in London next month!!! Fastest Amputee in the World

April Holmes is going to the Paralympics in London!, 7/4/12

POA’s April Holmes is the 100 & 200 meter US Paralympics Trials/National Champion and is going to London to compete in the Paralympics Games next month!!! So proud to be part of her team!

Go get ’em, April


Congratulations to Sgt. Josh Olson!, 1/2012

Congratulations to Sergeant First Class Josh Olson for earning a nomination to the 2012 Paralympic Team!

While serving in Iraq in 2003, Josh was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade which resulted in the loss of his right leg from the hip down. POA’s original vacuum hip system was actually designed by Stan Patterson for Josh when he was sent to us by Walter Reed Hospital for rehabilitation and development of a prosthesis that would allow Josh to return to active duty in the Army’s marksmanship unit. It was coined the “Olson Design” because of Josh’s need. He was able to help future generations of amputees by assisting in the development of the Olson Design vacuum socket which allows hip disarticulation amputees to have a socket that has an intimate and secure fit, is light and comfortable, and cosmetic.
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