Veterans Compete in 2014 Winter Paralympic Games — Veterans Health Administration

Team USA enters the stadium during the 2014 Paralympic Games opening ceremonies in Sochi, Russia.

by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Of the 74 United States athletes at the Paralympic Games in Sochi, 18 of them are military Veterans and Servicemembers.

For these Veterans, the road to Sochi has been filled with a renewed sense of freedom, independence and determination. They are an inspiration and a dramatic example of the capabilities of the human body and mind, even after tremendous trauma.

Here is a brief introduction to just three of these remarkable Veterans.

Chris Devlin-Young

Chris Devlin-Young’s first Paralympic Winter Games appearance was in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway, where he earned a gold medal in slalom. At the Lillehammer Games, he competed as a “four-tracker” using two skis and outriggers. In 2002 in Salt Lake City, he won a gold medal in super-G and a silver medal in downhill as a mono-skier.

He was the first Paralympian in history to medal in two different disability classes. Devlin-Young also earned silver in Torino in 2006. He narrowly missed the podium in Vancouver, taking a fourth-place finish in super-G. He came back and claimed gold…

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