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Warrior Games 2017: Taking home the gold

After a week of fierce competition, Coast Guard representatives in the 2017 Warrior Games are going home with accolades. The four Coasties played a role on an overall Navy/Coast Guard team, and together they earned many team and individual medals. They competed in archery, cycling, field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming and track.

Warrior Games 2017: Keep fighting

Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Troha, an intelligence specialist at Coast Guard Cryptologic Unit Texas in San Antonio, does not have the luxury of taking the activities of daily life for granted. But what is remarkable about his story is not the rare genetic disorder that snuck up on him in the middle of his Coast Guard career; instead it is the things he has resolved to do in spite of it.

Troha is competing in five events at the DoD Warrior Games this year as part of the Navy/Coast Guard Team.

Warrior Games 2017: Meet Team Coast Guard

As a spectator, there’s really only one way to approach an event like the Warrior Games: humbly. For the uninitiated, Warrior Games is a week of adaptive sports competition for service members and veterans. Whether sustained in combat or brought on through a tragic accident or diagnosis, the athletes competing in the events are all doing so with struggles that make even everyday life more difficult than it once was. Follow along this week for more stories about Coast Guard athletes.

Injured Coast Guardsman perseveres at Invictus Games

Krissy Esget will be the first female Coast Guardsman to participate in the Invictus Games.

Though Krissy Esget recently earned a gold medal in shooting and several personal bests in swimming at the Navy Coast Guard Pacific Trials, just five years ago she was struck by a drunk driver and awoke in a hospital bed with multiple injuries. She doesn’t let her injuries hold her back, however. This year she will be first female Coast Guardsman to participate in the Invictus Games.

Representing the Coast Guard at the Warrior Games

Retired U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Sancho Johnson prepares to throws a shot put Nov. 15, 2012, during the first ever Wounded Warrior Pacific Trials at the Iolani School Kozuki Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. Wounded, ill and injured sailors and Coast Guardsman from across the country are going head-to-head in archery, cycling, track and field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, and wheelchair basketball for one of 35 places on the 2013 Warrior Games Navy-Coast Guard team. Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth.

The Warrior Games bring together more than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members from all branches of the U.S. military, as well as from international armed forces. The event includes competitions in archery, cycling, seated volleyball, shooting, swimming, track and field and wheelchair basketball. The goal of the Warrior Games isn’t necessarily to identify the most skilled athletes, but rather to demonstrate the incredible potential of wounded warriors through competitive sports.

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

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2011 Warrior Games: A mother’s perspective

Former Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Bell celebrates his first Warrior Games medal with his mother in 2010. He received a bronze medal in recumbent cycling. Photo courtesy of Navy Safe Harbor.

Retired U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Bell (right) and his family cheer on Team Navy/Coast Guard during the 2011 Warrior Games. The Warrior Games is a week-long 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.

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2011 Warrior Games opening ceremonies

Former Coast Guard Petty Officer Michael Bell carries the traditional torch during the opening ceremonies of the 2011 Warrior Games. U.S. Navy photo by Zona T. Lewis, Navy Safe Harbor.

Members of Team Navy/Coast Guard participate in the time-honored tradition of the "march the athletes" down the Olympic pathways during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2nd Annual Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo. U.S. Navy photo by Zona T. Lewis, Navy Safe Harbor. Written by Navy Safe Harbor Public Affairs. In

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Shipmate of the Week – Coast Guardsmen of the Warrior Games

Coast Guard veteran Christopher Shunk training for the 2011 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs. Photo courtesy of Navy Safe Harbor.

This week, we honor three wounded Coast Guard veterans who continue to represent their country on a different field of battle – competitive sports. Lt. Sancho Johnson, Chief Petty Officer Christopher Shunk and Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Bell will represent the Coast Guard in the 2nd annual Warrior Games.