Warrior Games 2010: Day 3

May 13th, 2010

Another great day (d#3) watching our wounded Marines compete against the Army, Navy, and Air Force competition at the 1st Warrior Games at Olympic Training Center here in Colorado Springs.....

My favorite story from yesterday from Chuck Sketch/USMC (double amputee above the knee/blind in both eyes).

When a Mom of another wounded Marine told Chuck how honored she was to be present at the Wounded Warriors games with Chuck (right after he swam 4 events....last one 100M) Chuck said, "I'm the one who is so HONORED to be here because HERE I am treated like an ATHLETE!"

Chuck is truly an "athlete" here......with his sense of humor, strength, and perseverance... he instantly evokes love by all around him!! Even though he came in last for his swim heats, he received the loudest, most enthusiastic applause of the day! Here he is not disabled, he is an ATHLETE! And, he is with his fellow Marines (the best medicine in the World!) ...Here it doesn't matter that he is blind and double amputee....That is the power of these games and the mission of TEAM SEMPER FI !! His father watches proudly and there is not a dry eye in the place watching Chuck compete!

Wish you were ALL here!!

Karen