A Delano Marine who lost his legs in Afghanistan is competing in Wounded Warrior Games

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Marine from Delano who lost his legs in Afghanistan is getting a chance to get his life back to normal.

23ABC spoke to Marine Corporal Jorge Salazar from Colorado today.

Salazar is there to compete in the Wounded Warrior games.

"I will be playing wheelchair basketball sitting volleyball and swimming," Salazar said.

Salazar was 2008 graduate of César Chavez high school in Delano where he played multiple sports.

"My main sports were football basketball and towards the end I tried baseball," he said.

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After high school Salazar decided to serve his country.

"I wanted to be challenged so one of the things I always heard was the Marine Corps is the hardest service to get into," he said.

He was injured while serving as a Marine rifleman Afghanistan last August.

"We were doing a foot patrol and I stepped on an improvised explosive device," he said.

Salazar lost both legs above the knee but says it’s not in his nature to act like a victim.

"I have a lot of support and I have never one to just sit on my butt and mope about things. It doesn't matter what kind of injury I have if I would have lost both my arms I would have still been out here trying to compete," Salazar said.

Now Salazar will compete against other Wounded Warriors in Colorado and his confidence shows he still has the heart of a Marine.

"It’s going to be gold medals all around no doubt in my mind Marine Corps dominates," he said.

             

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