ONE SPLIT SECOND NEARLY ENDED HIS LIFE - THAT ONE
SPLIT SECOND CHANGED IT FOREVER
-- MICHELLE --
A ROAD SIDE BOMB IN IRAQ ROBBED STEVE BASKIS OF HIS
-- MICHELLE --
BUT ONLY ON NEWS 3 - REPORTER DAVE DELOZIER TELLS
US - IT DID NOTHING TO THE VISION STEVE BASKIS HAS
FOR HIS FUTURE.
it's really fun getting to be outside.
i enjoy being outside.
TO UNDERSTAND WHERE STEVE BASKIS IS GOING - YOU NEED
TO KNOW WHERE HE'S BEEN.
on the 13th of may 2008 we were tasked to take the
general up to a certain area north of bagdad.
DANGER WAS ALWAYS THERE - THEY KNEW THAT.
BUT ON THIS DAY DANGER FOUND HIS ARMY PLATOON - IN
THE FORM OF A ROAD SIDE BOMB.
the blast occured on the right side of our vehicle
and propelled this piece of metal at a high rate of
speed and it pierced through our vehicle.
STEVE'S WOULD WATCH HIS BEST FRIEND - STAFF SERGEANT
VICTOR COTA DIE IN THE BLAST - THAT - WOULD BE THE
LAST THING STEVE BASKIS WOULD EVER SEE.
i lost my vision pretty much instantaneously.
YOU CAN'T BEGIN TO KNOW - YOU CAN'T BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND
A LIFE SUDDENLY PLUNGED INTO DARKNESS.
waking up in walter reed i was kind of, it felt like
i still tell people to this day, it almost feels like
a dream and i'm going to wake up from this horrible
place i'm in - this darkness.
IT WAS TO BE HIS REALITY - STEVE WOULD SEE NOTHING
- EXCEPT HIS FUTURE.
i wanted to persevere.
what was next?
FORWARD - ALWAYS FORWARD EARLIER THIS YEAR STEVE BEGAN
MOVING TOWARD A GOAL OF BECOMING A PARALYMPIAN IN
THAT'S RIGHT A SPORT THAT INVOLVES SKIING AND TARGET
some will probably tell me that you're kind of crazy
to go skiing blind, but it is a good time.
EVERY STRIDE HE TAKES IS DONE ON TRUST AND THE STEADY
VOICE OF HIS GUIDE - ANDREW POFFENBERGER.
i really hone in on maybe some of the things sited
people don't pay attention to - the sound.
everything that's around me.
i'm taking it in because that's my world now.
i've seen able bodied persons give up because this
sport is too hard, so to see somebody come through
with a vision impairment like steve's, with absolutely
no vision - that's something special.
ANDREW GUIDES STEVE TO THE SHOOTING RANGE - HERE STEVE'S
ON HIS OWN.
but once he enters the range, that's all on him.
SHOOTING AT A TARGET HE CAN'T SEE
nat of targeting system.
USING AN INFRA RED LASER RIFLE SYSTEM -STEVE AIMS
AT WHAT HE HEARS.
and the high, high, high pitch sound is what i'm lookikng
for and that means i'm dead center.
FOR THE FORMER MARKSMAN - THIS BRINGS BACK IRAQ IN
THE SPRING OF 200
it does remind me of my time in the military and my
time as a sighted individual shooting.
EVERYTHING - EVEN THIS - IS A REMINDER OF HOW QUICKLY
A LIFE CAN CHANGE.
it was very frustrating - even to this day - i hate
BUT HE LOVES THIS COUNTRY AND HOPES TO SERVE IT AGAIN
AT THE PARALYMPIC GAMES IN SOUTH KOREA.
THAT IS HIS VISION.
like a lot of people say, i want to see the world.
i guess i see the world in a different perspective.
OUT OF ONE MOMENT SIX YEAR AGO - A MOMENT OF DARKNESS
- STEVE BASKIS FOUND TRUTH IN AN OLD SAYING - YOU
DON'T HAVE TO HAVE SIGHT TO HAVE VISION - AND THAT-
i really enjoy it.
it is my medicine i guess and i hope to do it until
the day i die.
IN MADISON, THIS IS DAVE DELOZIER, WISC, NEWS 3.
COMPETING IN THE BIATHLON IS NOT THE ONLY CHALLENGE
STEVE HAS TACKLED.
HE HAS ALSO CLIMBED MOUNTAINS IN THE HIMALAYA'S AND
MOUNT KILIMANJARO IN AFRICA.
-- ERIC --
HE DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS AN ADRENLINE JUNKIE AND SAYS
HE'D LIKE TO TRY ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING - HE CAN.