(KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — 260 military athletes who've suffered injuries or illness are set to compete in seven sports in this year's "Warrior Games".
The games, a showcase of both outer and inner strength, begin Saturday in Colorado Springs.
"Disability washes away and sport takes over," says the U.S. Olympic Committee's John Register.
The competition and rivalry are fierce, but winning is only part of why they're here.
"For a lot of guys here for the first time, realizing they're still an athlete and just losing your legs doesn't take that away from you," says Marine Corporal Travis Greens.
"It's like therapy for us," adds Navy Machinist Mate Michael Dayton. "It gives us a chance to open up with like people who understand."
Along with teams representing each branch of the U.S. armed forces, for the first time this year a British squad will compete in the games after last year participating on an exhibition basis.
Prince Harry, who served in the British military, will be among those attending the games.
Competitions last for six days and are free and open to the public.