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For Marine Cpl. Kionte Storey, the Warrior Games are about more than proving he is still an athlete despite losing his leg to an IED in Afghanistan. After leaving his unit he missed being part of a team. "You never quite get that camaraderie back," says Storey, 24. "But these games were pretty close." Begun in 2010 by the military and the U.S. Olympic Committee, the event (held May 1 to 5 in Colorado Springs) gives injured soldiers a chance for friendly competition and, says Air Force Sgt. Israel Del Toro, "to talk smack." Del Toro remains on active duty after being burned over 80 percent of his body by a roadside bomb. All that falls away when he is competing: "You're focusing on throwing the shot put instead of what happened to you."