Heat, humidity and wicked thunderstorms forced organizers of the 2015 Warrior Games to juggle schedules and work overtime to ensure the safety of all athletes, but little could dampen the spirit of sports as 270 athletes competed for 527 medals in Quantico, Virginia, June 19-28.
The Army team smoked the competition, earning the grand prize of the games, the Chairman's Cup, by bringing home 162 medals, including 69 golds. Taking second place for the second year in a row, the Marine Corps team earned 105 medals, including 47 golds.
Marine Matt Grashon takes a shot during the game against the U.K. at the 2015 Warrior Games at Quantico, Va.
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Air Force came in third in the medal count with 87, followed at their heels by the British team, with 85. Special Operations Command athletes earned 45 medals, while the combined Navy and Coast Guard team took home 43.
With his service hosting this year's games, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford praised the athletes for their indomitable spirit — for adapting and for overcoming the challenges they have faced during illness, injury and recovery.
The Paralympic-style athletes, all active duty or former service members, are "inspiring in their courage, spirit and resilience," Dunford said.
"I hope you enjoyed the competition and the camaraderie," he said to the competitors. "I hope you've been reminded that the family represented by the men and women that are here in uniform tonight are your family forever."
Theresa Mathis hugs her son Duncan Mathis after he and the Marine Corps team defeated Navy 57-24 for the gold medal in wheelchair basketball.
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