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Video: USO Supports Wounded Athletes at Marine Corps Trials

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Video by Joseph Andrew Lee  

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.--While U.S. Paralympic athletes compete for gold in Sochi, hundreds of wounded, ill and injured Marines were competing at home to earn gold during the fourth annual Marine Corps Trials.

The eight-sport paralympic competition is organized into four competing teams —two active-duty teams from Wounded Warrior Battalion-East and Wounded Warrior Battalion-West, a Marine veteran team and an international team comprised of wounded warriors from Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Georgia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Athletes compete in archery, shooting, swimming, track and field, cycling, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball. The top U.S. Marine athletes then go on to compete in Septempber against wounded warriors from the other branches of military service at the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Here's a look what these wounded warriors went through to earn gold and possibly get a chance to represent the Corps in one of the most prominent adaptive athletic competitions in the world. 

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