Warrior Games

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The Warrior Games is a multi-sport event for wounded, injured or ill service personnel and veterans organized by the United States Department of Defense (DoD).[1]

History

The Warrior Games have taken place annually since 2010. Through 2014, it was hosted by the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[2][3] Britain's Prince Harry, at the time serving as a Captain and helicopter pilot in the British Army, opened the 2013 Games,[4] which inspired him to create the Invictus Games.[5]

The 2015 event was the first organized by the DoD. It was held June 19–28 at the Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. Teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force, Special Operations Command, and the British Armed Forces took part, competing in eight adaptive sports.[6][2]

In 2016, the event is scheduled to be on June 15-21 at United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.[7][8]

Sports

In 2015 and 2016, the eight sports included were:[2][8]

  • Archery
  • Cycling
  • Field – Events included men's and women's shot put, standing shot up, seated discus, and standing discus.
  • Shooting
  • Sitting volleyball
  • Swimming – Events included men's and women's 50 meter freestyle, 100 meter freestyle, 50 meter backstroke, and 50 meter breaststroke.
  • Track – Events included 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, and 1500 meters. There were events for athletes using wheelchairs and those using prosthetics.
  • Wheelchair basketball

In 2015, wheelchair rugby was held as an exhibition sport.[2]

References

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  4. "Prince Harry starts off Warrior Games event in US". BBC. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Prince Harry launches Invictus Games for wounded servicemen". The Telegraph. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Warrior Games". U.S. Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 6 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Warrior Games". Facebook. U.S. Department of Defense. Retrieved 10 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. 8.0 8.1 "U.S. Military Academy to Host 2016 DoD Warrior Games". Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Defense. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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