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First Lady Lauds Wounded Military Athletes

01 May 2012

Melissa Stockwell and Michelle Obama laughing together (AP Images)

Michelle Obama praises the indomitable spirit of injured soldier athletes in remarks during the opening ceremony for Warrior Games 2012.

“You just keep pushing yourselves to succeed in ways that just mystify and leave us all in awe,” first lady Michelle Obama told more than 200 U.S. military veterans who haven’t let their war injuries stop them from being serious athletes.

The first lady spoke at the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Warrior Games that feature seven sports for wounded service members. This year for the first time, injured members of the British military were invited to participate in the games, which were held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado.

Melissa Stockwell (shown here with Mrs. Obama) was the first woman soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq War. Now a champion swimmer, she told a local newspaper that the athletic challenge “makes me feel whole again.”

See the White House transcript of Remarks by the First Lady at the Opening Ceremony of the Warrior Games.

More information about the Warrior Games is available on the Defense Department's website.