((HT: WWBT-NBC12 Richmond))
Heath Calhoun lost both of his legs November 7, 2003 when a rocket-propelled grenade came into the rear of the truck that he was in while on duty in Iraq. He had to have both his legs amputated above the knees.
Truth be told, he almost didn't make it home alive. He received a Purple Heart and George C. Lang Award for Courage, spent time recovering at Walter Reed and, over time, has become an accomplished paralympic skiier.
He finished eighth for Team USA in the super-G and 10th in the combined (downhill and slalom) in Vancouver. Calhoun was also the flag-bearer for Team USA in the Opening Ceremonies.
Crown Royal has a contest for their Richmond event where you can have the race named after you. Calhoun's story was submitted and he won. He's always been a NASCAR fan and now he gets the Richmond race named after him.
Ryan Nobles caught up with Heath... a guy well worth your time...