101st Airborne vet wins silver in Paralympics

101st Airborne vet wins silver in Paralympics

March 15th, 2014 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Heath Calhoun of the United States races during the men's super combined, slalom, sitting event at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, on in this March 11, 2014, photo.

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - A former squad leader in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division who received a Purple Heart has won a silver medal at the Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.

Heath Calhoun took second in super combined sit-skiing Friday with a total time of 2:19:09, less than a second behind gold medal winner Josh Dueck of Canada. Calhoun finished just off the podium in the slalom and super-G.

Calhoun was wounded in Iraq in 2003 and took up sit-skiing in 2006. He was the flag-bearer for Team USA at the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver and has been featured on a cereal box and in national TV commercials.

The Bristol, Va., native lives in Clarksville, Tenn., near the 101st Airborne's base at Fort Campbell on the Kentucky line.