Army sending 11 soldiers to Olympics

Army sending 11 soldiers to Olympics

Published Jul. 16, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

Sgt. 1st Class Keith Sanderson says having the entire U.S. Army on his side doesn't necessarily give him a competitive edge as a member of the U.S. Olympic shooting team. But he says it's good to know the Army has his back if he's hurt.

Sanderson says civilian athletes who suffer a career-ending injury are on their own. Soldier-Olympians still have their military careers.

Sanderson will compete in the rapid fire pistol event at the London Games. He's one of seven athletes and four coaches the Army is sending to London.

Their three-star boss, Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, gave them a formal send-off Monday at the headquarters of the Army's World Class Athlete Program at Fort Carson, Colo.