More than 200 wounded or injured active duty troops and Veterans, along with nearly two dozen British troops, have kicked off the 2012 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The event, hosted by the U.S. Olympic Committee, will introduce service members to Paralympic sports. Athletes will compete in seven sports, ranging from swimming to shooting to track and field in an effort to show that life doesn’t end after injury.
On Monday, First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off the Games with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey and U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Scott Blackmun.
“For me, these games embody the enduring resilience of our profession,” Gen. Dempsey said.
The Warrior Games coincide with the recently marked anniversary of Joining Forces, an initiative launched by Mrs. Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to leverage community support of Veterans and their families.
The Games will be held through May 5. For updates and pictures, visit Warrior Games on Facebook or the Warrior Games Flickr page.