Invictus Games 2016
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) recently announced the names of the 115 athletes who will represent the United States military at Invictus Games 2016.
Invictus Games are an international sporting event for wounded, ill and injured military personnel. This event will feature 500 military athletes from 15 countries and they will compete in archery, cycling, indoor rowing, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair racing, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis; as part of the international adaptive sports tournament for wounded, ill, and injured service members.
The U.S. team will include active duty and veteran athletes from all U.S. military services and the Special Operations Command led by retired Army Cpt. Will Reynolds, a West Point graduate who lost his leg after an improvised explosive devise detonated in Iraq. Reynolds has participated in DoD Warrior Games and the 2014 Invictus Games where he won four bronze medals in men’s classified 100-meter and 200-meter athletics sprints, the Road Race and the Time Trial in cycling.
Invictus means unconquered and embodies the fighting spirit of the wounded, injured and sick service personnel and what these tenacious men and women can achieve, post injury. The Games harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country.
The 2016 Invictus Games will be held in Orlando, Florida, May 8 – 12, at the Walt Disney ESPN Wide World of Sports Copmlex. Visit http://1.usa.gov/1UWlw5N to view the list of athletes selected as primaries for the U.S. team.