Rico Roman lost a leg in 2007 when a roadside bomb blew up while he served with the U.S. army in Iraq. Before that, Roman had been very athletic. And once again he is. Roman says he couldn’t pass up an opportunity to be on a team.
Roman is a member of the U.S.A. sled hockey team that’s going to Sochi, Russia to compete in the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games (which follow the Olympics).
Sled hockey is also known as “murderball on blades.” The sport is as fast and aggressive as stand-up hockey, but battled at eye level.
The U.S.A. sled hockey team’s fierce rivalry with the Canadian team should heat up because the U.S. team is hungry for the gold.
Roman (#23 Defenseman) was introduced to sled hockey by “Operation Comfort,” an organization dedicated to assisting injured U.S. service personnel. The group is located at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.