Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Heath Calhoun joined the U.S. Army. While serving in Iraq in 2003, he lost his legs above the knee in combat. After returning to the U.S., Heath discovered a love for Alpine Skiing during the course of his rehab. This love, and a lot of dedication, earned him a spot on the 2010 U.S. Paralympic Ski team and now he¹s focused on making it to Sochi.
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Start Story Transcript: Heath Calhoun
00:01 [On Screen] Kellogg's presents
00:04 [On Screen] Heath Calhoun, Paralympic Alpine Skier, Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt.
00:10 [On Screen] "Whole Again"
00:12 Heath Calhoun: On the morning of November the 7th 203 a rocket propelled grenade came into the rear of the truck that I was in and caused the amputation of both of my legs above the knees.
00:22 Heath: When I made it back to Walter Reid Army Medical Center I found out about trips to Colorado for sports rehabilitation and one of those trips allowed me to mono ski for the first time and it was just something that I fell in love with.
00:38 Heath: It made me feel whole again. It was the first time since I'd lost my legs that I felt like I had them back.
00:47 Heath: It was an incredible feeling. And once I figured that out that this is something I could do.
00:57 [On Screen] start story
00:59 Heath: Self-doubt is much greater disability than a guy that's missing both of his legs.
1:09 Heath's High Performance Director and Head Coach: Very few people can do what he can do on a mono ski. He's definitely a warrior.
1:16 Heath: In Vancouver at the end of the first round of the Super Combined I was sitting in fourth. And that was the first time I'd ever done anything on the world level and one of the French guys skied up to me and he goes "Man, you really did it that run." "You know, I appreciate it," I said, "I just hope to ski like the Japanese guys are, you know, one of these days. You know they're really throwing it down." He goes, "You did ski like those guys."
1:33 Head Coach: It was a pretty amazing moment when he got nominated by the rest of our team to carry the flag in the opening ceremonies.
1:38 Heath's Father: He carried it and he carried it as high as he could. Yea, he walked in extremely proud.
1:51 Heath's Mother: He had fought for his country in Iraq and he wanted to serve his country again in the Paralympics
1:59: [On Screen] Heath is training for his chance to compete for Team USA in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
2:04 Heath: You know what I love about skiing. The freedom that I feel. This is something that I can do that will put me back on par with the way life used to be.
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