It was the first cycling race ever for Vomund, who was joined by his wife and two sons at the Games.
A Green Beret and 24-year Army veteran with 10 deployments under his belt, Vomund was severely injured in an IED blast in 2010. A year later and in the midst of traumatic mental and physical recovery, he took up cycling. Vomund has since logged over 24,000 miles on his bike.
“For me, it’s not about winning medals, it’s about doing something that I haven’t done before – and becoming a more complete person in the process,” said Vomund. “Cycling has given me part of what I was, which also has given me self-worth and self-pride. It was fantastic for my kids to see me win. I gave it my all and that is what I was hoping to achieve.”
Throughout the week, USSOCOM Warrior Games athletes will compete in wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, archery, swimming, track and field, and shooting. Each team will also compete for the Chairman’s Cup, awarded to the top overall performing team.
The Warrior Games were created in 2010 as an introduction to Paralympic sports for injured servicemembers and veterans. Disabilities range from traumatic brain injury to amputation and severe burn injuries. Events conclude with an awards ceremony and celebration May 16.
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