CAMP PENDLETON, California–The road to the Warrior Games starts here.
More than 300 wounded Marines, veterans and international troops from 10 countries are competing at the Marine Corps Trials in Southern California. When they’re done, the top 50 Marines across all sports will advance to compete against wounded warriors from the Air Force, Navy, Army and a team of special operators in June at the Warrior Games in Quantico, Virginia.
Hosted by the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment and support by the USO, the Marine Corps Trials select the best wounded Marine athletes in Paralympic sports including seated volleyball, cycling, shooting and archery.
The event runs through Wednesday and is opened to the public. For more information, go to woundedwarriorregiment.org.
Air Force battles Navy during a match on May 11 at the 2010 Warrior Games. (USO Photo by Michael J. Pach / 3 Peaks Photography & Design)
The Air Force remains unbeaten in volleyball. The Marines dominated in archery. And the Army could bring home the gold in basketball. All in all, competition remains fierce at the inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado Springs. Can you feel the excitement?!
Check out the action from the last two days of competition below…
Sergio Lara returns a volley during a match with Army on May 11 at the 2010 Warrior Games. (USO Photo by Michael J. Pach / 3 Peaks Photography & Design)
Marine archer Justin Knowles loads an arrow into his bow during the May 12 archery competition at the 2010 Warrior Games. (USO photo by Michael J. Pach / 3 Peaks Photography & Design)
Swimmers take their marks during one of the preliminary heats on May 12 during the 2010 Warrior Games. (USO photo by Michael J. Pach / 3 Peaks Photography & Design)