The team behind the team? That means you, America. And our athletes want to thank you for your support. Whether you added a stitch during the Raise Our Flag campaign, attended a countdown event or just found yourself swept up in the hundreds of inspiring stories authored by the 759 athletes who represented Team USA at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, those athletes want to say …”Thank you, America.” Featuring: Gabby Douglas, Missy Franklin, Lolo Jones, Alex Morgan, Tim Morehouse, Kelsey Campbell, Kerry Walsh, Misty May-Treanor, Seth Kelsey, Elena Pirozhkova, Jordan Burroughs, Allison Schmidt, Brady Ellison, Alise Post, Brooke Crain, Jamie Nieto, Maya Moore
“IT TAKES TRAINING TO MAKE AN ATHLETE, BUT IT TAKES A NATION TO MAKE AN OLYMPIAN ” – Lori “Lolo” Jones
When an IED explosion took his eyesight in the line of duty last year, Lt. Bradley Snyder of the U.S. Navy could have lost the ability to serve his country. Instead, he learned to serve in a whole new way at the Paralympic Games this summer.
Thank you, America, for standing by Lt. Snyder and so many Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
From Serving in Afghanistan to Winning Gold!
During a tour in Afghanistan last year, Lt. Snyder stepped on an IED and sustained severe injuries to his face. He’ll never see again. But five weeks after the injury, he started swimming laps. A former swimmer at the Naval Academy, Lt. Snyder knew if he could get back into the pool it would show everyone he was OK.
Part of a Team Again — Team USA
In a matter of months, Lt. Snyder made it back to qualify in seven events at the Paralympic Games in London. And he has said how humbling it was to hear so many supporters like you cheering him on.
Like being Team USA’s flag bearer in the Closing Ceremony and winning his second gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle on the anniversary of his injury.
A Big “Thank You” from Team USA
The Paralympic Games allowed Lt. Snyder and 19 other service members and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces to continue serving the country they love.