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05-14-2010, 01:57 PM

Cyclists Refuse to Leave Teammate Behind

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., - The Warrior Games cycling competition, held at the U.S. Air Force Academy here in a May snow shower, May 13, would have daunted the toughest of professional cyclists, but not wounded, ill and injured service members.

They battled their way through freezing temperatures and slippery roads, persevering in the midst of extreme pain, and even stopped to help each other along the way.

Suffering from two torn rotator cuffs, Army Sgt. Monica Southall had never used a handcycle before arriving at the Warrior Games a few days ago, but she didn't let that keep her from the race. At one point, the pain became too much to bear and she wanted to stop, but as she said, "Soldiers don't quit, and I wasn't going to quit."

Help, in the form of Army Warrant Officer 1 Johnathan Holsey and Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Will Wilson, arrived just when Southall needed it most. Both men are leg amputees, and Wilson was talking Holsey through their upright cycling race when they passed Southall about two miles from the finish line and noticed her struggling. Any thoughts of winning in their own competition instantly disappeared.

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