Marine wins gold, impresses royalty at Invictus Games

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When Mike Nicholson lost his limbs while serving in Afghanistan, he could have given up --

On life. On dreams. On hope. 

“When I got hit six years ago, I pretty much thought that was it. You know, there was no chance of having a family or playing sports ever again,” Nicholson told FOX 13.

But he didn’t give up. Now he’s blessed to have both family and sports in his life. His wife Katie, 7-month-old son Sawyer, and 12-year-old daughter Callie, were on hand to watch him compete at the Invictus Games in Toronto -- Prince Harry’s sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.

He was one of the 550 competitors from 17 nations, and walked away with a gold medal in swimming. Of the medal, Nicholson said, “For everyone who’s supported me in the past, this is my way of saying ‘thank you’ to them.”

But it was his golf swing that caught the eye of Prince Harry. The prince (who, like Mike, served in Afghanistan) applauded and congratulated him on the course, and even gave him a shout-out during the closing ceremonies. 

“A once-in-a-lifetime kind of trip. Just to watch him compete like that, and to win on top of just competing,” said Katie.

And Mike has already turned his attention to training for the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia. 

 

Watch the video to see Mike’s ‘Invictus’ spirit.

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