Name: Andy Soule
Caps:
Sport: Nordic Skiing
Discipline(s): Biathlon, Cross Country Skiing
Weight Class:
Classification: LW12, Sitting
Height: 6-0
Weight: 145
DOB: 12/2/1980
Birthplace: Torrejon Air Force Base, Community of Madrid, Spain
Hometown: Kerrville, Texas
High School: Pearland High School (Pearland, Texas) ‘99
College: Texas A&M University, Anthropology; Murray State College, Gunsmithing '12
Paralympic Experience
  • Three-time Paralympian (2010, 2014, 2018); Three-time medalist (1 gold, 2 bronze)
  • PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, gold (cross-country sprint), bronze (12.5km biathlon), 8th (7.5km biathlon), 11th (15km cross-country)
  • Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, 4th (individual biathlon, biathlon sprint), 5th (biathlon middle-distance), 5th (biathlon middle-distance, cross-country long-distance), 9th (cross-country middle-distance)
  • Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, bronze (biathlon 2.4km pursuit)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2017 – silver (cross-country sprint), bronze (middle-distance cross-country), 4th (cross-country long-distance, biathlon sprint-distance), 6th (biathlon middle-distance), 7th (individual biathlon)
  • Years of Participation: 2009, 2013, 2015, 2017
  • Medals: 7 (4 silver, 3 bronze)
  • Silver: 2015 (biathlon individual, biathlon sprint, cross-country short-distance); 2017 (cross-country sprint)
  • Bronze: 2015 (cross-country sprint, cross-country long-distance); 2017 (cross-country middle-distance)
Personal: Soule is a retired United States Army Specialist (E-4). Following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Soule decided he wanted to give back to his country and joined the Army. Soon after basic training, he was deployed to Afghanistan. An IED detonated next to Soule's Humvee, resulting in a double leg amputation. Soule then spent a few years in rehabilitation and soon began looking for options that would keep him active. As a lifelong athlete with plenty of ambition, he attended a cross-country recruitment camp in Sun Valley, Idaho, in 2005. Even though he had no previous experience with skiing, he caught on quickly and was hooked on the sport. At his first Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010, Soule won bronze, becoming the first U.S. biathlete to win a Paralympic medal. He spent two years away from competition following Vancouver to study gunsmithing and returned to competition in late 2012. He continued to succeed with Team USA, securing a spot on the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Team in Sochi and making strong world cup and world championship runs in the later seasons...He attended Texas A&M University and was a member of the Cadet program while he attended school...Son of Robert and Debra Soule...Has two brothers, Patrick and Ian...Married to Lauren Soule...Named IPC Athlete of the Month for January 2015...Hobbies include gardening and cooking.