After representing the country at games held during July and August in London, athletes gathered on the lawn to hear the Obamas, working the microphone as a team, offer congratulations on the Americans' success and repeatedly mentioned the inspiration the country derived from their efforts, a White House press release said.
The Paralympic team included a number of injured veterans, and Obama mentioned several by name, including Navy Lt. Brad Snyder, a swimmer.
"Just one year ago Lt. Snyder was blinded by an IED in Afghanistan," Obama said. "But this summer he competed in London, winning two gold medals and a silver, and afterwards he said, 'To be able to come out here and to keep in the fight and keep going and keep inspiring, and keep perpetuating some goodwill for our country, means a lot.'"
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