With the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games the flaming-petals of the Olympic cauldron were extinguished. Members of Team USA along with their friends, families and U.S. Olympic Committee supporters have once again jumped the pond, back home. With the exception of Michael Phelps’ retirement, this is not necessarily the end for many athletes — it is the beginning of training toward the road to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Congratulations to all and best of luck!
We were honored that Our Dad’s Flag was escorted to the games in London by dear friends from the Olympic Training Center, CO. Here are some “final game night” pictures of Our Dad’s Flag from the Olympic Stadium.
227 Awesome and Able Athletes, 19 Sports, 11 days
With the official Summer Olympics at an end, it’s now time for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London to kick off on August 29th. While Our Dad’s Flag visited the training center in Colorado, it got to meet with some of these awesome — and able — athletes. Thank you all for participating in Our Dad’s Flag to support Our Dad and all those serving in the Armed Forces far from home. We wish you and all of our Paralympic Teams representing the USA the best of luck in the upcoming games.
Wounded Warriors Compete
According to the USOC, the Paralympic team will also include 20 U.S. military veterans and active duty service members, some of whom were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Navy Lieutenant Bradley Snyder, who lost his vision in September 2011 while serving in Afghanistan, is among the American athletes with military ties. Snyder is slated to compete in swimming on the one year anniversary of his injury.
By association, one paralympic athlete has his own affinity for the military — especially for his brother serving with the U.S. Army. USA Judo Myles Porter (seen above) wanted to join his brother Mykel in the Army but was preempted by his visual impairment. Instead, he now works with wounded members of the military helping them adjust to a physically disabled life. Expected to take gold in the games, keep a look out for Myles, and be inspired. Take the time to read this wonderful post about Myles and his brother Pfc. Mykel Heberling on Today’s Army Live (http://armylive.dodlive.mil/index.php/2012/07/myles-porter/)
True Olympic Spirit
Visit the USA Paralympic team site for more information on these great athletes who posess true Olympic spirit (especially our new friends Dartanyon, Tucker and Myles!). According to the USOC there will be broadcast and online coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games via daily video highlights on the U.S. Paralympics YouTube channel and some coverage through NBCUniversal. Be sure to check out their website and YouTube channel for inspiring stories of these great Americans. The Paralympic games will take place in the same arenas as the Olympics in London and go from August 29 – September 9, 2012.
Thanks for reading from the beginning to the end. Be sure to share our family project in patriotism and if you need a refresher on the why and how of Our Dad’s Flag visit How It Works. If we get more fun behind the scenes photos from London will be sure to post them in our Special Report: Our Dad’s Flag & Team USA. A head’s up for the next posting: can you guess who Our Dad’s Flag met behind the scenes at the Oscars?!?!? We have an exciting follow-up report on We’d Like to Thank The Academy !!!