POA’s Josh Olson, Hip Disarticulate Amputee, will represent U.S. in Paralympics, 8/13/2012

POA’s Josh Olson, a hip disarticulate amputee, is representing Team USA in shooting at the Paralympic Games. Josh is the first ever active duty service member to be nominated to the Team.  POA’s NPS hip disarticulate prosthetic system, also known as “the Olson socket,” was developed for Josh by Stan Patterson in response to a request from Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital. The following video link shows Josh preparing for a day of shooting practice, which includes donning his prosthetic leg.

—> Josh Olson USA Paralympic Shooting Team

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.
Click here for link to U.S. Shooting article