After bringing home top prize, the Chairman’s Cup, last year, the Marine team’s competitive spirit is out in full force.
Ready to defend their title, the 49 athletes, 18 of which are veterans of the games, aren’t content to simply replicate their 2010 performance. They hope to exceed last year’s accomplishments.
At the opening ceremony reception, Sergeant Ricardo Bengochea, who participated in the discus throw, shot put and seated volleyball, was excited to get started.
“I’m looking forward to the camaraderie with my brothers in arms … getting to see friends from last year’s Warrior Games and getting to compete again.”
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Shawn Dunn, an avid swimmer, is excited for a different reason.
“I’m mostly excited for my younger Marines because we went through a lot to get them here,” he said. It’s a great experience for them. That’s my main benefit, watching my younger Marines overcome their obstacles.”
Warrior Games veteran Corporal Travis Greene, who took home two gold medals in 2010 as a member of both the wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball teams, has certainly overcome.
“Since hearing about the Warrior Games, I have gained a lot of motivation to get back in shape. I feel healthier and look better and I am still improving,” he said. “I’m looking forward to all the events, especially basketball and volleyball.
“I’ve been training hard, we’ve been here two weeks together working as a team.”
When asked if the Marines will kick some tail and win big this year, he smiles and said, “That’s our goal!”
Oorah! — Vyque White, USO