At the 2012 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte, it wasn’t about the medals. It was the moments of triumph and perseverance that truly made the third edition of the Games a success. Narratives were written, bonds forged and lives inspired. There was the shooter Justin Jones, who shot a Robin Hood arrow in the archery competition and followed that up with two gold medals in archery and two in shooting, as his mother and wife looked on proudly.
Then there was Retired Navy Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Jim Castaneda who blew out the back left tire of his recumbent bike on the first turn of the cycling race, meaning he still had miles and miles to go. Instead of pulling out of the race, Casteneda finished the race on his wobbly bike, with his family and teammates cheering him on.
How about the thrilling double-gold medal performance of the Army sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball team, whose stirring performance in two fierce rivalry games had the Air Force Academy’s Clune Arena shaking all night long? These moments are not just sports moments. They are powerful, affecting moments that will stay in these competitors hearts forever and push them on to achieve even greater heights, even if all that means is living a regular life.