U.S. Army athletes named to U.S. Team for the 2017 Invictus Games

WTU Force Structure (Photo Credit: Invictus Games)

By Christopher Fields, Warrior Care and Transition


ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA -- The Department of Defense announced the names of the 90 servicemen and women that will represent the U.S. Team this September at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada September, 23-30. Among those 90 athletes are 18 active duty and veteran Army athletes who will represent their country and the Army.

The Invictus Games were founded in 2014 by the United Kingdom's Prince Harry after he attended the 2013 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The word Invictus means unconquered and the Games were created as a way to display the "unconquerable character" and "Invictus spirit" of the world's servicemen and women. This year marks the third Invictus Games and the event has become an international stage that showcases the resilience of wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women from across the world and their ability to thrive and overcome their challenges.

More than 550 active duty and veteran athletes from 17 allied nations are expected to compete in Toronto in 12 adaptive sports including archery, athletics, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair rugby, and the latest addition to the sports lineup, golf.

The U.S. Army athletes that were selected as primaries to compete for the U.S. Team at the Invictus Games in Toronto are:

  • Col. Daniel Dudek, U.S. Army
  • Retired Capt. Kelly Elmlinger, U.S. Army
  • Retired Sgt. Brandi Evans, U.S. Army
  • Retired Staff Sgt. Randi Gavell, U.S. Army
  • Retired Staff Sgt. Robert Green, U.S. Army
  • Retired Sgt. Sean Hook, U.S. Army
  • Retired Staff Sgt. Sean Johnson, U.S. Army
  • Retired Sgt. Stefan Leroy, U.S. Army
  • Retired Staff Sgt. Michael Lukow, U.S. Army
  • Retired Staff Sgt. Ryan Major, U.S. Army
  • Sgt. Elizabeth Marks, U.S. Army
  • Spc. Stephanie Morris, U.S. Army
  • Retired Spc. Anthony Pone, U.S. Army
  • Maj. James Pradke, U.S. Army
  • Retired Sgt. Haywood Range, U.S. Army
  • Retired Capt. William Reynolds, U.S. Army
  • Retired Staff Sgt. Issac Rios, U.S. Army
  • Retired Sgt. Aaron Stewart, U.S. Army

For the complete list of names of U.S. Team members go to: https://www.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/News-Release-View/Article/1165383/department-of-defense-announces-invictus-games-2017-team-members/