By Jonathan Horn March 2, 2013...CAMP PENDLETON CA — It’s still Camp Pendleton, but this week it seems more like a mini Olympic Village.
That’s because wounded warriors from the U.S. Marine Corps and eight other countries have converged on the expansive base to compete in sports ranging from archery and wheelchair basketball to volleyball and swimming. The games run through Wednesday.
For the Americans, it’s especially important, because 50 of the 250 Marines will be invited to the 2013 Warrior Games in May at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where they’ll compete against the best wounded warriors from the other branches of the military. For now, they’re getting the chance to test their skills against wounded warriors from places like New Zealand, Great Britain and the Netherlands.
On Saturday, 114 Marine archers spent the 80-degree sunny afternoon aiming for bull’s eyes on a field next to the base’s Lake O’Neill.