U.S. military Olympians have the support of the nation throughout the London Games
Service members competing in the 2012 London Olympic Games received a great network of support from family and friends, as well as fellow soldiers.
U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) wrestler Spc. Justin Lester had his wife, daughter, parents, and over a dozen close friends from Akron, Ohio accompany him to London, but not without a little help. The Akron Community banded together and raised $26,000 so Lester’s family could come with him and witness him compete for gold. The entire community was behind Lester and the whole family is grateful for the endless support.
Lester’s mom believes the Army has really helped her son. It has improved his diet and greatly aided in his training. As a three-time U.S. National Champion and six-time U.S. World Team Member, he made the decision two years ago to join the military and U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program.
Jamie Gray, wife of Staff Sgt. Hank Gray of the Army, won an Olympic gold medal in the women’s 50-meter 3-positions rifle event August 4 at the Royal Artillery Barracks. Additionally, Air Force family member Janay DeLoach won a bronze medal in the women’s long jump August 8 at Olympic Stadium. Her father, retired Chief Master Sgt. William DeLoach who is now a contract employee at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., was at the stadium to see her compete.
Source: U.S. Department of Defense