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May 14, 2010 5:04 AM by News First 5

Cheyenne Mountain HS grad competes in Warrior Games

A Cheyenne Mountain High School graduate is one of hundreds of wounded service members from around the world competing in this week's warrior games in Colorado Springs.  News First's Abby Lane has the story:

Walking in to a gym at the Olympic Training Center to loud cheers, Specialist Matt Agnew then takes a seat.  This volleyball game is played sitting down. "I'm having a lot of fun," he said. "I think it's awesome!"

The Cheyenne Mountain High School graduate is now at Fort Carson and plays for the U.S. Army on a team for wounded soldiers.  "At first they said I might not ever walk," he said.

Just two months after returning from Afghanistan, Specialist Agnew was injured in a bad motorcycle accident on his way home from work. "I was in a coma for two weeks and in the hospital for two months."

He suffered broken bones, crushed lungs and a ruptured spleen.  "I was laying in the bed and I was in so much pain. I didn't want to get out and do anything. I just wanted to say give me a lot of drugs and let me go to bed."

Hard work and a lot of support have gotten him where he is today. His biggest fans sat in the stands.  "There's times I start to tear up," said his mother, Maylynn Thompson.  

"Wouldn't have been able to do this without my family at all," said Agnew.  "I'm really glad the army sent me back home with family."

Winning hands down -- on the court and in his recovery.

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