Thursday, September 6, 2012


Rob Jones, Rowing
While recovering in the hospital after having lost both legs above the knee after an IED blast two years ago in Afghanistan, Rob Jones was already thinking about how he would return to sports, he told NPR. The former Marine found his way back to athletics, and to representing his country, as a rower for the U.S.'s mixed-doubles competition. 

Gavin Sibayan, Soccer
Former Army Sergeant Gavin Sibayan survived several roadside bombs and soon after suffered a stroke, according to the Army Times. The wounded warrior serves as defender on Team USA's seven-man soccer squad, which is played on a smaller field and with smaller goals than non-disabled soccer. 

Scott Winkler, Shot Put
Former Army Specialist Scott Winkler was paralyzed from the chest down after falling from an ammunition truck while serving in Iraq in 2003, the Signal reports. But just five years later, the shot-put competitor set an American record in Beijing and is back in London, hoping to do the same. The determined warrior also inspires people with disabilities to find healing through sports through his charity, "Champions Made of Adversity."

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