2011 Warrior Games: The medal count

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Team Navy/Coast Guard gathers at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in advance of the final wheelchair basketball competitions and the conclusion of the 2011 Warrior Games, a paralympic-style sport event among 220 seriously wounded, ill, and injured service members from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. U.S. Navy photo by Zona T. Lewis, Navy Safe Harbor.
Team Navy/Coast Guard gathers at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in advance of the final wheelchair basketball competitions and the conclusion of the 2011 Warrior Games, a paralympic-style sport event among 220 seriously wounded, ill and injured service members from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. U.S. Navy photo by Zona T. Lewis, Navy Safe Harbor.

Over the weekend, Team Navy/Coast Guard wrapped up participation in the 2011 Warrior Games with an impressive second place finish in the team competition. In total, the team earned 27 medals during the games but, perhaps more importantly, the team left Colorado Springs, Colo., with a sense of pride in themselves, their shipmates and the services they represent.

Coast Guardsmen Chris Shunk and Michael Bell took home silver and bronze respectively in the recumbent bicycle race on Friday, contributing to Team Navy/Coast Guard’s fortunes. Though the Marine Corps team took home the Chairman’s Cup trophy, Team Navy/Coast Guard bested the Army, Air Force, and Special Operations teams.

“When a team manages to double its medal count in one year’s time, it’s evidence of two things: training and dedication,” said retired Navy Master Chief Aviation Ordnanceman James “Will” Wilson, Team Navy/Coast Guard co-captain and manager of Navy Safe Harbor’s adaptive athletics program. “Our team had the biggest heart, and that carried us through the competition. We are one big extended family, and I couldn’t be more proud of what we have accomplished.”

Congratulations to Coast Guardsmen Michael Bell, Sancho Johnson and Chris Shunk and all of the men and women of Team Navy/Coast Guard on their many accomplishments at the Warrior Games and for continuing to inspire us all!

Team Navy/Coast Guard is sponsored by Navy Safe Harbor, the lead organization for coordinating the non-medical care of wounded, ill and injured Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and their families. Through proactive leadership, Safe Harbor provides a lifetime of individually tailored assistance designed to optimize the success of enrollees’ recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration activities.

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