Skokie native, Air Force veteran Christian Vega competes in 2022 Warrior Games after aneurysm, stroke

Skokie native, Air Force veteran Christian Vega competes in 2022 Warrior Games after aneurysm, stroke

SKOKIE, Unwell. (TOC) — Christian Vega, an Air Pressure veteran and Skokie native, is the torchbearer for the 2022 Warrior Video games and a competitor in a few of its occasions.

In highschool, Vega was a swimmer, competed in cross nation and was a gymnast. Now he is a two-medal profitable Warrior Video games competitor, and extra.

In 2015, on his Air Pressure base on the chow corridor, Vega collapsed from a mind aneurysm.

“I simply collapsed on the ground they usually took me to the hospital,” he recalled.

“When the physician instructed my mother, ‘Ma’am your son will in all probability be a vegetable the remainder of his life,’ my Mother was like ‘not my son’,” he mentioned.

Later, he would have a stroke. He needed to re-learn issues most of us take as a right: talking, strolling, utilizing his legs once more.

“I discovered to stroll thrice in my life,” mentioned Vega. “As soon as once I was a bay. As soon as after my mind aneurysm. And as soon as after my stroke.”

Vega competed in 4 Warrior Video games sports activities, together with shootings.

“I really like doing observe, I really like doing swimming. And I really like doing biking,” he mentioned.

Up to now, he has gained and silver and a bronze medal in biking. He is a frontrunner round his fellow teammates. And his success, he mentioned, has come from above.

“God did not depart me by the wayside. He raised me up. And I am right here immediately due to God and due to the Air Pressure and the Warrior program. As a result of with out them I would not know the place I’d be,” he mentioned.

Vega was chosen by his crew to be this yr’s torchbearer, but it surely acquired rained out. He was additionally chosen by his teammates final yr however the video games did not occur due to the pandemic.

Head to ESPN+ for full protection of the Warrior Video games via August 28, and click on right here to see a full schedule of protection and occasions.

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