12 May 2010

Active Duty Amputee Soldier Carries Torch at Warrior Games

U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Price carries the torch at the start of its journey down the path at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 10, 2010, during the opening ceremonies of the inaugural Warrior Games. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 11, 2010 – A soldier whose leg was amputated below the knee carried the torch into the Olympic Training Center here yesterday during opening ceremonies for the inaugural Warrior Games.

Army Sgt. Robert Price was the first servicemember to carry the torch before handing it over to representatives from each of the other services. Hall-of-Fame football player, U.S. Naval Academy graduate and Vietnam veteran Roger Staubach completed the short journey and lit the Olympic flame.

Price, who remained in the Army after losing his right leg to a roadside bomb in Iraq, is a cadre member at the warrior transition battalion at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He was given the honor because he made sure other soldiers had the opportunity to compete as well.

Follow all of the Warrior Games action here.

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