Warrior Games Competition Begin Next Month

Athletes from team Marine Corps practice for an archery competition in Chicago, Ill. at the 2017 DoD Warrior Games. (Photo by Courtney Cooper)
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Teams representing the U.S. military branches, the U.K. Armed Forces and the Canadian Armed Forces will travel to Colorado Springs to compete in the nine-day competition.

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Athletes line up before a track competition in Chicago, Ill. at the 2017 DoD Warrior Games. (Photo by Courtney Cooper)

Hundreds of wounded, ill and injured service members will gather in Colorado Spring, Colo. next month to compete at the Warrior Games. The multi-sport event has been going on annually since 2010 and is organized by the United States Department of Defense (DoD).

Teams representing the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Special Operations Command (SOCOM), the United Kingdom (U.K.) Armed Forces and Canadian Armed Forces will compete in swimming, track and field, archery, wheelchair basketball, shooting, cycling, powerlifting, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing. Indoor rowing is the newest sport to compete in at the Warrior Games.

This year will be the U.K. Armed Forces sixth time traveling overseas to compete, but this will be Canada’s first time having a team represent the Canadian Armed Forces at the Warrior Games. 

Last year, the games were held in Chicago and hosted by the U.S. Navy. It was the first time that the games were held off a military base or U.S. Olympic training facility. This year, the Warrior Games is being hosted by the Air Force and is going back to its roots, taking the competition to the Air Force Academy.

Athletes are only allowed to participate in a maximum of two Warrior Games, starting from 2015. That being said, if an athlete competed in 2016, they are only allowed to compete one more time, but if they competed in 2014 they are still able to compete two more times.

All of the teams include active duty service members and veterans with an injury or illness, such as a spinal-cord injury, amputation, upper and lower body injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, serious illness or post-traumatic stress.

The nine-day competition is open to the public starting June 1 and ending June 9. For more information, visit


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