DoD Announces Team USA Members for 2017 Invictus Games
Ninety current and former U.S. service members will represent the U.S. at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto this September, including several athletes who've already claimed gold at the international event for wounded warriors, as well as in other elite competitions. Seventeen nations will send teams to Toronto for the third Invictus Games, which began in London in 2014 and continued in Orlando, Florida, in 2016. The event's founder, Prince Harry, created the concept after a 2013 visit to the Warrior Games, which features U.S. service members — active, former and retired — in similar athletic events.
Air Force Capt. Christy Wise will serve as team captain, the Defense Department announced last month in a release naming the competitors. Marine Sgt. Ivan Sears will serve as co-captain. Among the elite athletes on the squad are Army Sgt. Elizabeth Marks and retired Navy Lt. Bradley Snyder, who've both earned swimming gold at the Paralympic Games. Swimming is one of a dozen adaptive sports set for the Toronto event (Sept. 23-30). Others are archery, indoor rowing, road cycling, seated volleyball, track and field, and wheelchair versions of basketball, tennis and rugby. New for this year is adaptive golf.
Last year's event included opening ceremonies broadcast on ESPN that featured Prince Harry, first lady Michelle Obama, singer James Blunt and multiple performances by U.S. military musicians. ESPN's unofficial medal count gave Team USA 145 total medals during the event, edging out Team UK (128).
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