2012 military Paralympian roundup

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Snyder paralympics

Navy Lt. Brad Snyder poses with his gold medal after winning the 100-meter freestyle during the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (US Presswire photo by Andrew Fielding)

Before the 2012 Paralympic Games began, Military Times introduced you to the current and former service members who’d be going for gold in London. The games wrapped up with a massive closing ceremony Sunday, so here’s a quick recap of eight military-related medal winners, with results compiled from the comprehensive London 2012 official website:

Navy Lt. Brad Snyder, swimming
–Medal haul: Two golds (400- and 100-meter freestyle), one silver (50m free).
–What’s more: The Washington Post recounts how Snyder’s second gold came on a meaningful anniversary. The naval officer also competed in butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke and individual medley events.

Oscar Sanchez, hand cycling
–Medal haul: One gold (mixed team relay), one bronze (time trial).
–What’s more: The five-time world champ and former Marine sergeant also took fifth in the road race. Both that event and the time trial were won by former Formula 1 driver Alex Zanardi, but Zanardi’s Team Italy had to settle for second behind Sanchez and Team USA in the relay.

Jennifer Schuble, cycling
–Medal haul: One silver (500-meter time trial), one bronze (mixed team sprint).
–What’s more: Do not print the former Army cadet’s list of cycling accomplishments unless you intend to replace your toner cartridge.

Kari Miller, sitting volleyball
–Medal haul: One silver.
–What’s more: Miller, a former Army sergeant, led Team USA into the finals, where China earned gold with a 3-1 win. Like Sanchez, Miller’s a motivational speaker off the court.

Will Groulx, mixed wheelchair rugby
–Medal haul: One bronze.
–What’s more: Groulx, a former Navy second class petty officer, and Team USA fell to Canada in the semifinals 50-49 before downing Japan to claim the bronze. Groulx plays his club rugby with the Portland Pounders.

Rob Jones, rowing
–Medal haul: One bronze (mixed doubles skulls).
–What’s more: Jones, a former Marine sergeant, teamed with Oksana Masters to take third place. According to his USRowing.org bio, he’s an aspiring comedian.

Angela Madsen, shot put
–Medal haul: One bronze.
–What’s more: Madsen also took fifth in the javelin. Off the field, the former Marine private first class is a champion rower and a surfer.

Scot Severn, shot put
–Medal haul: One bronze.
–What’s more: Severn, a former Army specialist, was eighth in the javelin and ninth in the discus. Not versatile enough? He’s also a hand cyclist, a rugby player and a bowler, according to his Paralympics bio.

 

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  1. This is not a statement of sympathy to my brothers/sisters in arms for their disabilities, rather it is a statement of admiration and respect for getting back up when you’re struck down. Never taking no for an answer and never choosing the path of least resistance. Thanks to all for your service in the military and the Olympic field of battle. Bravo Zulu! Go Navy/Army/Air Force/USMC/USCG!

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