By Christopher Fields, Warrior Care and TransitionApril 28, 2017
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA -- The Department of Defense announced the names of the 90 servicemen and women that will represent the U.S. Team this September at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada September, 23-30. Among those 90 athletes are 18 active duty and veteran Army athletes who will represent their country and the Army.
The Invictus Games were founded in 2014 by the United Kingdom's Prince Harry after he attended the 2013 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The word Invictus means unconquered and the Games were created as a way to display the "unconquerable character" and "Invictus spirit" of the world's servicemen and women. This year marks the third Invictus Games and the event has become an international stage that showcases the resilience of wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women from across the world and their ability to thrive and overcome their challenges.
More than 550 active duty and veteran athletes from 17 allied nations are expected to compete in Toronto in 12 adaptive sports including archery, athletics, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair rugby, and the latest addition to the sports lineup, golf.
The U.S. Army athletes that were selected as primaries to compete for the U.S. Team at the Invictus Games in Toronto are:
Col. Daniel Dudek, U.S. Army
Retired Capt. Kelly Elmlinger, U.S. Army
Retired Sgt. Brandi Evans, U.S. Army
Retired Staff Sgt. Randi Gavell, U.S. Army
Retired Staff Sgt. Robert Green, U.S. Army
Retired Sgt. Sean Hook, U.S. Army
Retired Staff Sgt. Sean Johnson, U.S. Army
Retired Sgt. Stefan Leroy, U.S. Army
Retired Staff Sgt. Michael Lukow, U.S. Army
Retired Staff Sgt. Ryan Major, U.S. Army
Sgt. Elizabeth Marks, U.S. Army
Spc. Stephanie Morris, U.S. Army
Retired Spc. Anthony Pone, U.S. Army
Maj. James Pradke, U.S. Army
Retired Sgt. Haywood Range, U.S. Army
Retired Capt. William Reynolds, U.S. Army
Retired Staff Sgt. Issac Rios, U.S. Army
Retired Sgt. Aaron Stewart, U.S. Army
For the complete list of names of U.S. Team members go to: https://www.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/News-Release-View/Article/1165383/department-of-defense-announces-invictus-games-2017-team-members/