Let the Games Begin!

Marine Cpl. Jorge Salazar passes the Olympic torch to Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sharona Young during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 28, 2014. (DoD News photo by EJ Hersom)

Marine Cpl. Jorge Salazar passes the Olympic torch to Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sharona Young during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 28, 2014. (DoD News photo by EJ Hersom)

Well the games have officially begun! The Opening Ceremony is in the books and sitting volleyball kicked off the week of competition at Warrior Games 2014. As most of Americans were huddled in front of their TV’s or at their local watering hole Sunday, our nation’s Wounded Warriors were here at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. getting ready for competition.

The opening ceremony was magnificent, highlighted by a march of the more than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans who will compete in the fifth annual competition. Fans, family members, sponsors and officials joined together to cheer as each respective team took their seats. Having been to two Warrior Games in years past, the ovation this year was a bit louder due to the enthusiasm of 2,000 plus fans supporting the athletes.

Following the opening remarks and introduction of the teams, two Paralympic gold medalists were introduced as torch bearers. Paul Schaus (Buffalo, New York) and Rico Roman (Portland, Oregon), both Purple Heart recipients, lit the cauldron to signify the start of the Warrior Games.

During the week, the athletes will compete in Sitting Volleyball, Cycling, Wheelchair Basketball, Swimming, Archery, Track and Field and Shooting. The Games will come to a close on Saturday, Oct. 4, during halftime of the Navy versus Air Force football game, when the 2014 Chairman’s Cup and Ultimate Champion awards will be presented to the team with the most medals and the best overall athlete.

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Let the Games Begin!