Athletes sprint across the finish line during the 100-meter dash at the Warrior Games at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 17, 2011. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Griffin.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, Medal of Honor recipient, cheers after lighting the Olympic Cauldron to mark the opening ceremony of the 2011 Warrior Games at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 16, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael S. Cifuentes
I don't even care about these medals to tell you the truth, the experiences with these other guys, double amputees, burns, not being able to see, any of us would give up these any day. We'd want them to be able to see, and walk normally, just to be able to be out here to compete with them, see that nothing holds them down, it's a big honor. They were our brothers on the battlefield, and now they are our brothers on the sports fields. - Joe Gonzalez, wounded Marine and American Badass, after dominating the games.