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    Airman Wins Five Gold Medals in Swimming at Warrior Games; Sitting Volleyball Medal Games Set



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    DoD, Defense Health Agency, Health Information Technology and Training

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Air Force Staff Sgt. August O’Neill dominated in the pool Tuesday, Sept. 30, winning five gold medals and helping push the Air Force into second place in the 2014 Warrior Games medal count.

    O’Neill finished first in his class in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, 50-meter backstroke, 50-meter breaststroke and was part of the Air Force’s winning 200-meter relay team. Overall, the Air Force won 20 medals in the Warrior Games swimming competition at the U.S. Olympic Training Center pool.

    The big winners for the day were the Army with 26 total medals, and the Marines Corps, which won 10 gold medals. Army 1st Lt. Kelly Elmlinger won three of her team’s seven gold medals with first-place finishes in her class in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter backstroke.

    At the end of day three at the Warrior Games, the overall medal count stands at: Army: 30 (9 gold, 13 silver, 8 bronze); Air Force: 25 (9 gold, 7 silver, 9 bronze); Marine Corps: 22 (11 gold, 7 silver, 4 bronze); Navy/Coast Guard: 7 (1 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze); and U.S. Special Operations Command: 9 (5 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze).

    In the sitting volleyball tournament, the Marines continued their undefeated streak beating SOCOM 2-0, and Army 2-0. Navy/Coast Guard also notched two wins, beating Army 2-1, and Air Force 2-0. The Army and the Air Force will play in the bronze-medal game Wednesday night, and the Marines will face Navy/Coast Guard in the gold-medal game on Thursday.

    After having a bye on the first night of the wheelchair basketball tournament, the Army came out strong, beating the Navy/Coast Guard team 37-30. Army advances to play the Marines on Wednesday in a rematch of the 2013 gold medal game, won by Army. Air Force beat SOCOM 29-12, will go on to play Navy on Wednesday.

    Competition continues Wednesday, Oct. 1, with archery, wheelchair basketball and the bronze-medal seated volleyball at the Olympic Training Center.

    For a schedule of live video streams of the competition, go to To join the conversation on social media use #WarriorGames2014.

    For more information on the Warrior Games or how to cover these athletes and the competition, please call the Warrior Games Joint Information Bureau at 719-866-3659 or email the Military Health System media relations office.



    Date Taken: 10.01.2014
    Date Posted: 10.01.2014 12:55
    Story ID: 143917

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