Our First Pictures from the Warrior Games!

The Olympic torch is lit, signifying the opening of the 2010 Warrior Games, May 10, 2010. (USO Photo by Michael Pach)

The Warrior Games are well underway in Colorado Springs, CO, and we couldn’t be more proud of these amazing athletes!

As the first day of events wrapped up, the competition grew fierce, as the Marines gave a strong showing in wheelchair basketball and volleyball games showing no clear leader yet. Billy Demby, Marine Basketball Coach had this to say about his team’s first day on the hardwood:  “I think it this event is great and it is very much needed.  I think with this, the guys will leave the hospital and go home and be a good member of society and I think this will help them not only be physically able but mentally able as well, so I think all this plays a part.”

We’ll keep you updated on each day’s events!  In the meantime, enjoy a photo essay from the opening ceremonies…

Army passes the torch to players from the Marines team, the torch was relayed down the Olympic path by a representative of each warrior team, May 10, 2010. (USO Photo by Michael Pach)

USO President and CEO Sloan D. Gibson (L) and Chief of Paralympics Charlie Huebner (R) address the crowd during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Warrior Games, May 10, 2010. (USO Photo by Michael Pach)

Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo mingles with service members and warrior athletes during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Warrior Games, May 10, 2010. (USO Photo by Michael Pach)

NFL great and Hall of Famer Roger Staubach shares a private moment with one of the warrior athletes competing in the 2010 Warrior Games, May 10, 2010. (USO Photo by Michael Pach)