2014 Warrior Games

Army tops medal table in track and field at 2014 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte

October 2, 2014

U.S. PARALYMPICS NEWS RELEASE

Colorado Springs, Colorado – The U.S. Army continued to top the medal table after the fifth day of competition, while the Navy toppled the Marines in the in the gold-medal sitting volleyball game, at the 2014 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte.

The marquee event of the night was the sitting volleyball gold-medal game between the Marines and the Navy. After two closely matched sets, the Navy stormed ahead in the third set to sink the Marines 2-1 (26-24, 20-25, 15-6).

"This win was really a dream come true because we've worked so hard,” said retired Naval Aircrewman Brett Parks (Jacksonville, Florida). “We were confident going into this game and into the third set. Our passes were going the way they had to, and we were killing it with our spikes. We'd been to the third set three times this week, so we were no strangers to going the distance. We knew that the third set is always our set."

More than 90 medals were awarded in track and field during the morning’s competition at Garry Berry Stadium. The U.S. Army turned in a dominant performance as they won 29 medals, including 12 gold.

Four of Army’s medals were won by 1st Lt. Kelly Elmlinger (Attica, Ohio) who competed as the lone female in the mixed 53/54 100, 200, 400 and 1500-meter finals and won four silver medals.

Sgt. Michael Wishnia (Livingston, New Jersey) of the Marines owned the throws in the men’s 57 division. In the shot put, Wishnia won with a throw of 12.49-meters, nearly three meters farther than his nearest competitor. Wishnia also took top honors in the discus throw as his mark of 40.61 eclipsed the rest of the field by more than eight meters.

In the evening’s wheelchair basketball action, Army beat Navy 41-24. In the double-elimination tournament Army will advance to the gold-medal game to face the Marines on Friday, while Navy will go home with the bronze medal.

    MEDAL COUNT
  • Army: 65 (22 gold, 24 silver, 19 bronze)
  • Marine Corps: 43 (21 gold, 10 silver, 12 bronze)
  • Navy: 23 (9 gold, 9 silver, 5 bronze)
  • Air Force: 44 (15 gold, 16 silver, 13 bronze)
  • Special Operations: 21 (6 gold, 9 silver, 5 bronze)

Note, the medal count has been updated to reflect two corrections to the swimming results.

Two-hundred wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans will compete over six days of competition in the fifth annual Warrior Games. Competitions are free and open to the public.

The 2014 Warrior Games is hosted by the USOC with support from Deloitte, the presenting sponsor, and other supporting partners including the Department of Defense, AT&T, BP, Dow, Semper Fi Fund, The Fisher House Foundation, The Daniels Fund and USO.

Tomorrow’s competition will feature archery during the day, while wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball continue in the evening.

For more on the 2014 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte, visit teamusa.org/WarriorGames/ .