Let the Invictus Games begin.

Lauren Warner
October 17, 2018 - 12:17 pm

Image courtesy of U.S. Army Warrior Care & Transition

Team USA just landed in Sydney and couldn't be more ready for the 2018 Invictus Games.  

Started in 2014 by Prince Harry after seeing a British team compete at the Warrior Games in Colorado, the Invictus Games brings together over 500 athletes from 18 countries. The best thing about all of these athletes? They're service members and veterans.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Warrior Care & Transition

Modeled after the Warrior Games, but open to a larger number of countries, the Invictus Games are a Paralympic-style competition that embodies the unconquered spirit of all wounded, injured and sick service members. Each challenge shows just how tenacious the recovering men and women of the Armed Forces are and proves that there is life beyond disability. 

Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Warrior Care & Transition

Team USA is comprised of 72 athletes competing in the 11 adaptive sporting events, including archery, athletics, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, and a new addition this year, sailing -- around the iconic Sydney Harbour.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Warrior Care & Transition

The Invictus Games have garnered a celebrity following including James Blunt, who performed at the 2014 ceremony, Morgan Freeman, Olympic medalist Shawn Johnson, Derek Hough and more recently Gerard Butler who is clearly a fan of Team USA. 

 

To watch Team USA and all 2018 Invictus events, click here.

 

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