Warrior Games 2015: Overcoming Extraordinary Challenges

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U.S. Marine Corps veteran Marcus Chischilly participates in the 200m race. Photograph by Cpl. Ashley Cano, courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps/released

The 2015 Warrior Games, which were held June 19-28, had a new sponsor, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and took place at a new venue, the Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. The spirit of competition, however, was as fierce as ever. About 250 competitors participated, representing teams from the Marine Corps, Army, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force, Special Operations Command, and the British Armed Forces.

The Warrior Games, an annual competition that is now in its sixth year, brings together wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans. Eight sporting events were featured: archery, cycling, track, field, shooting, swimming, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball. There also was a wheelchair rugby exhibition event.

This year, Team Navy made history by taking home its first gold medals during track and field competitions June 23, and for the first time advanced to the finals in wheelchair basketball, ultimately taking home a silver medal.

Team Army claimed the Chairman's Cup for the second consecutive year. The award goes to the top performing service branch in the Warrior Games. Team Army scored 162 total medals: 69 gold, 52 silver, and 41 bronze. Team Marines was the next closest competitor with 105 medals: 47 gold, 37 silver, and 21 bronze. Team Air Force ranked third in the medal standings with 87: 23 gold, 39 silver, and 25 bronze.

"It's been an absolute honor" to host the games, said Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. "[The] games have truly been about the wounded, the injured, the ill men and women who have adapted and overcome extraordinary challenges...."

womens' cycling winners

Army Staff Sgt. Monica Martinez, middle, won gold in handcycle H5; Air Force Capt. Christy Wise, right, won silver; while British Army veteran Danielle Hampson-Carroll, left, won bronze. Photograph courtesy of J.D. Leipold.

wheelchair basketball game

Members of the Navy and Special Operations Command teams compete during the wheelchair basketball playoffs. Photograph by Pfc. Terry W. Miller Jr., courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps/released.