Wounded vet with role in 'American Sniper' trains for skiing competition

A former Coppell football standout stood up for the U.S.A. in Iraq and returned a wounded veteran.

Jacob Schick is in the new "American Sniper" movie, but that's nothing compared to what the former marine is determined to achieve.

"American Sniper," the war drama film based on Chris Kyle's biography, is now open in theaters.

Schick plays a wounded warrior in the film.

Now, Schick is training to ski again -- something he did before the Humvee he was in hit a triple-stacked IED in Iraq a decade ago.

He lost his right leg at the knee, part of his left leg and hand. He's had 46 operations.

"You know, this stuff feeds your soul because it lets you realize I'm still alive, you know," said Schick. "I know I can still do this life thing."

Former St. Louis Ram David Vobora is training Schick for the adaptive skiing sport with help from the High Fives Foundation, which raises money for athletes who've suffered life-altering injuries.

"Losing the leg on one side, he's not going to be able to have the signal response from the foot, so we're gonna look at how well do we compensate or adapt our movements to compensate for the missing leg, uh, but still be equal," said Vobora.

Vabora has become a trainer to wounded warriors without charging them a dime. The bond of the battlefield lives on in his gym.

While Schick has a role in the movie, he says, "Every day is a movie for me. I mean this is...the difference is in mine, you know, you don't get two takes."

What he's been through is pushing him to where he's going.

"All the trials and tribulations, controversy and suffering I've been through have been my greatest teacher, so from controversy comes character, but which way you take that character's up to you," said Schick.

After nine weeks of training, Schick will travel to Lake Tahoe, California in March and learn to ski with adaptive ski coaches and a Paralympic skier.


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