Sgt. 1st Class Michael Smith

"Be the superhero of your own story."

In 2011, Sergeant First Class Michael Smith was the victim of a hit-and-run driver that took part of his right arm but did not impact his single-minded determination. After two years of intense rehabilitation and training at Brooke Army Medical Center, Smith was approved to return to duty as a career Soldier. In the years since his accident, Smith's commitment to his athletics has never wavered. He's mastered marksmanship, track and field, snowboarding, cycling and participated in Spartan and Tough Mudder races. Smith also went on to rock climbing, skiing and swimming. Smith says his biggest accomplishments are completing his first 140.6 mile Iron Man marathon and competing in the Department of Defense Warrior and Invictus Games. This summer, Smith focuses on the Para-Triathlon. His hopes are to become the Army's first above-elbow amputee Triathlete in the Army's World Class Athlete Program and qualifying for the 2020 Paralympic Games.

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