Tuesday, September 11, 2012

American Heroes - London Paralympians

Henry Miller (1891-1980) was an American author who said:
"The ordinary man is involved in action, the hero acts.  An immense difference."

These are American Military Heroes who did not just witness action, they acted!  And their choice to act brought life-changing results.  We owe them a deep sense of gratitude and honor.  They have served the USA and our US Military well!

These people also competed in the 2012 London Paralympics!!  Take a look at their stories...

Dugie Denton - Army - Archery
Dugie was shot in the course of military service, which led to a plate being put in his ankle.  He also suffers from a traumatic brain injury.  He took 9th place in the Open Individual Compound Archery event.

Rob Jones - Marines - Rowing
Rob lost both legs above-the-knee after an IED blast in Afghanistan in 2010.  He and his rowing partner, Oksana Masters, took home a Bronze Medal in the Mixed Double Sculls event!!

Josh Olson - Army - Shooting
Josh lost his right leg from the hip down during a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Iraq in 2004.  He took 28th place in the 50m Prone Rifle event.

Jennifer Schuble - West Point Cadet - Cycling
Jennifer suffered a traumatic brain injury during hand-to-hand combat training at the Academy.  Then a car accident crushed her right arm.  And then in 2004 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  She took home a Silver Medal and a Bronze Medal in the 500m Cycling and Mixed Team Sprint Cycling events, respectively!!

Gavin Sibayan - Army - Soccer
Gavin survived many roadside bombs, then suffered a stroke.  Team USA took 8th place in the Soccer event.

Brad Snyder - Navy - Swimming
Brad lost his sight following a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2011.  He took home the following:

  • Silver Medal - 50m Freestyle!!
  • Gold Medal - 100m Freestyle!!
  • Gold Medal - 400m Freestyle!!
  • 4th Place - 100m Butterfly
  • 6th Place - 100m Breaststroke
  • 5th Place - 100m Backstroke
  • 6th Place - 200m Ind. Medley

Scott Winkler - Army - Shot Put
Scott was paralyzed from the chest down after falling from an ammo truck in Iraq in 2003.  He took 13th place in the Shot Put event.

Finally, have a look at this 2012 London Paralympics Slide Show...

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