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MCDERMOTT Luke
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age31
Place of BirthAlbany, NY, USA
Height1.70 m
Weight 70 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Kritsta Colton
Residence
Clayton, NY, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Political Science - Texas Christian University: Fort Worth, TX, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing Para ice hockey in 2010 in San Antonio, TX, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He first became aware of the sport during his rehabilitation. "During the two months I was in hospital I lost a lot of strength and was looking for things to do to get back in the swing of things. I was doing some handcycling and some wheelchair basketball. My physical therapist was big into hockey so he asked me if I wanted to try sled hockey. My initial thought was, 'What on earth is sled hockey?', I had never heard of it. I got on the ice and the first couple of times were rough because I just kept falling over, but once I started picking it up I loved it."
Club / Team
Buffalo Sabres: United States
Name of coach
Guy Gosselin [national], USA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward
General Interest
Hobbies
Weightlifting, cycling, golf, listening to music. (teamusa.org, 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2015 World Championships in Buffalo, NY, United States of America, and competing at the Paralympic Winter Games for the first time in 2018 in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
US Para ice hockey player Lonnie Hannah. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US baseball player Derek Jeter. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never quit. Take nothing for granted." (Twitter profile, 09 Mar 2017)
Impairment
In 2010 he was serving with the United States Marine Corps in Afghanistan when the vehicle he was riding in hit an improvised explosive device [IED]. His injuries led to the amputation of both his legs below the knee. (usahockey.com, 15 Dec 2014; army.mil, 12 Feb 2013)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2016 he travelled with a non-profit volunteer organisation to Morocco to help teach school children. (hfotusa.org, 11 Sep 2017; watertowndailytimes.com, 10 Aug 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2018 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
1 2015 Team  
2 2017 Team