05/04/07, Colorado Springs, CO-Travis Greene, center, climbed up the rope as Nathaniel Leoncio, right, cheered, after after they played basketball during USOC Paralympic Military Sport Camp, at United States Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO.
Travis Greene, 26, of San Diego, CA, is a Marine Corps Corporal.
As a star on his high school track and field team, Greene was awarded a track scholarship to Boise State University. Shortly thereafter, Greene joined the Marine Corps. While Greene was on his third tour of Iraq, he and a team were evacuating other Marines who had been injured in an explosion. During this process, a second explosion occurred, resulting in the loss of both of GreeneÕs legs.
After the accident, Greene spent more than a year in different rehabilitation facilities and is still undergoing rehabilitation at the U.S. Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Calif. Part of his rehab. involved sports like swimming and wheelchair basketball, but itÕs wheelchair racing that evokes his competitive side.
While at the recent 2007 USOC Paralympic Military Summit, Greene expressed interest in attempting to qualify for the 2008 Paralympic Games in the sport. With September marking a year out from the Games, time is tight to ensure proper training and qualification. However, GreeneÕs athletic nature and competitive side indicate heÕll give his best shot.
Greene has been awarded the Purple Heart and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
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