Matt Stutzman, an armless Paralympic athlete, might not be the first man people would identify as a world-class archer.

But once he's in action, it's clear to everyone that the 29-year-old Iowan has the heart of a champion. In fact, the Telegraph calls him "the Games’ most extraordinary competitor."

Born without arms, Stutzman lifts and steadies his bow with his bare right foot, draws it with his teeth, and inserts the arrow using his other foot during competition. And he usually hits his mark.

At the 2012 Paralympics, Stutzman won silver for the United States, placing behind Finland's Jere Forsberg, 6-4, in the final contest of the Men's Individual Compound - Open event on Sept. 3.

According to USA Today, Stutzman's competitors were all wheelchair users but had use of their arms.

"My goal was to inspire somebody, even if it was just one person, with my positive attitude," Stutzman told the Herald-Sun after winning his silver medal.

The excitement around Stutzman's performance was palpable in the archery final. Whereas his opponent, Forsberg, shot his arrows in silence, the Telegraph likened the sound of camera shutters going off around Stutzman to "exploding birdshot."

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  • Matt Stutzman Armless Archer Medals In Paralympics

    Matt Stutzman of the United States competes in the Men's Individual Compound Archery - Open on day 5 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at The Royal Artillery Barracks on September 3, 2012 in London, England.

  • Matt Stutzman Armless Archer Medals In Paralympics

    The feet of Matt Stutzman of the United States holds his bow as he takes part in the men's individual compound open archery at the 2012 Paralympics games, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

  • Matt Stutzman Armless Archer Medals In Paralympics

    The feet of Matt Stutzman of the United States holds his bow as he takes part in the men's individual compound open archery at the 2012 Paralympics games, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

  • Matt Stutzman Armless Archer Medals In Paralympics

    Matt Stutzman of the United States competes in the Men's Individual Compound Archery - Open on day 5 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at The Royal Artillery Barracks on September 3, 2012 in London, England.

  • Matt Stutzman Armless Archer Medals In Paralympics

    Matt Stutzman of the United States celebrates during the Men's Individual Compound Archery - Open on day 5 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at The Royal Artillery Barracks on September 3, 2012 in London, England.