For many of the athletes with disabilities, the Challenge provides an opportunity to return outdoors and participate in sports such as mountain biking, river rafting, rappelling on cliffs, and hiking. This is an exceptional accomplishment for these athletes, many of whom were active outdoors men and women prior to their injuries or illness. For participating military teams like the Bionic Warriors, the team competition offers a return to the close camaraderie and fellowship they developed while serving.
Each member of the Bionic Warriors Team has been active in sports prior to joining together for the Challenge. John Stanz, a Marine from Hamburg, New York, has competed in the Wounded Warrior Games since 2011. He has competed in swimming, shooting, wheelchair basketball, rowing, skiing, and hunting. Ben Duran from Colorado Springs also is an active Wounded Warrior Games veteran, participating in sitting volleyball, shooting and cycling. Abbeville, Alabama veteran Anthony Radetic has competed in three Wounded Warrior Games, and is active in skiing, scuba diving, archery, swimming, and wheelchair basketball.
Other team members include Army Special Operations veteran Israel Santiago from Colorado Springs, active in fishing, golfing, hiking, hunting and cycling. Kyle Butcher from Aledo, Texas is a veteran of the Wounded Warrior Games, participating in track, sitting volleyball and shooting. Alternate team member Eric Hollen, a member of the Bionic Warriors board of Directors, is a Colorado Springs veteran who competed in the 2012 London Games as a member of the US Paralympic Team.
“A goal of Special Operations Bionic Warriors is to develop adventure teams comprised of US Special Operations Soldiers,” said COL MacDonald. “We would like to compete nationwide in different types of adven
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