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BY RICO ROMAN, former Heroes on the Water participant at the Center for Intrepid, Brooke Army Medical Center, 2009

When trying to convince other wounded veterans to give sled hockey a try, I often get a similar response: But I don’t know anything about hockey.

Well, neither did I.

Yet here I am, five years later, in Sochi, ready to help Team USA defend our Paralympic gold medal.

Sports have always been a part of my life. Growing up in Oregon, I played football and wrestled. Soon after my left leg was amputated, I was playing wheelchair basketball and hand cycling. But hockey? I knew nothing about the sport.

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