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Wounded Warriors To Play At Olympics

Courtesy: US Army
February 12, 2014

In March, three wounded warriors will compete at the Olympics.  The three are part of the US hockey team that is set to play in the first week of march!  All three are amputees who have served in a field of battle.  


Three wounded warriors who recovered at Brooke Army Medical Center, are aiming to glide to gold in Sochi, Russia, next month.

Forwards Joshua Sweeney and Rico Roman and Goalie U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program Sgt. Jen Lee are among the members of the elite U.S. National Sled Hockey Team selected to compete in the Paralympic Winter Games, March 7-16.

Sweeney, a bilateral amputee, said he’s looking forward to a hard-won victory on the ice.

“If we play our game, we’ll be unbeatable,” said the former Marine, who is hedging his bets by training up to four hours a day in Colorado Springs.

Sweeney said he’s still amazed to have made it to this point. Just a few years earlier, the former high school hockey player from Phoenix, Ariz., figured he’d never be back on the ice again.

In October 2009, then-Sgt. Sweeney was on patrol in Afghanistan when he stepped on an improvised explosive device, known as an IED. He ended up losing both legs above the knee and suffered left hand and right arm injuries.

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