COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (NNS) -- The first day of the 2013 Warrior Games competitions kicked off with cycling events, wheelchair basketball and seated volleyball games at the Olympic Training Center at the Air Force Academy Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo, May 12.
Team Navy member retired Builder Constructionman Roy "Daniel" Peters, from Chicago, Ill., and Karl Erickson, his cycling pilot, netted the bronze medal in the men's mixed tandem cycling event.
Peters, who was blinded as a result of complications with brain tumor surgery in 2007, was excited to place in the event.
The Marine Corps and Army each claimed gold in two cycling events, while Special Operations Command and Air Force teams took gold in one cycling event each.
The cycling competition was followed by wheelchair basketball games that had the audience out of their seats and on their feet. Though Team Navy lost to the Marines, the game was fast-paced and exciting to watch.
"We played really well tonight. The members of the Marine team practice together every week - I play with a few of them. We knew it would be a really tough game, and I prepared the team for that," said Team Navy Wheelchair Basketball Coach Dan Cashen.
"Team Navy looked really good tonight, and they should do well the rest of the week," he added.
The day of intense, but friendly competition, concluded with two seated volleyball matches. In the first volleyball match against Air Force, Team Navy defeated Air Force after two games; 25-13 and 25-10.
Throughout the match, family and friends of Team Navy were cheering enthusiastically in the stands.
"I want them to know that we're supporting them and that we love them," said Teresa Pennington, whose husband works for the Navy's wounded warrior support program. "When you get personal with some of these guys it's almost like they are family and you just want to see them succeed."
The win against the Air Force created the adrenaline needed for an exciting match against the Marines. The Marines won the match in two closely-contested games, 28-26 and 25-19.
"It was a great game, really fun," said retired Aviation Electrician's Mate Steven Davis, from Turlock, Calif. "I think we are going to see the Marines in the finals."
Team Navy is sponsored by Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) - Safe Harbor, the Navy and Coast Guard's wounded warrior support program. The team members have upper-body and/or lower-body injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairments, serious illnesses, and/or post-traumatic stress.
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