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Warrior Games Kick Off Today in Colorado Springs

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DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hathorne accepts the Ultimate Champion award at the Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. May 14, 2010.

More than 200 wounded, ill and injured service men and women are gathering in Colorado Springs this week for the Third Annual Warrior Games.

Wounded troops from all five branches of military service will be competing in sports like swimming, cycling, sitting volleyball and archery—seven overall. The idea is to celebrate the abilities of wounded service members through athletic competition.

Among the special guests at this week’s events will be First Lady Michelle Obama. She’s expected to attend the opening ceremony today and deliver remarks. Mrs. Obama will be leading the presidential delegation later this summer at the Olympic Games in London.

The event is sponsored by the U.S. Olympic Committee, with support from the Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The competitions run through Saturday.

For a full schedule of events, click here.

 

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