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ROMAN Rico
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age37
Place of BirthPortland, OR, USA
Height1.75 m
Weight 82 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Ela, daughter Juliet, son Raul
Residence
Portland, OR, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He was introduced to Para ice hockey in 2008 at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, United States of America.
Why this sport?
"I got into the sport through a group called Operation Comfort, a non-profit organisation that helps wounded warriors with rehabilitation. I was handcycling with the group and they asked if I would like to try sled hockey. At first I didn't want to try the sport because I wasn't in to hockey at the time. I'm glad they convinced me."
Club / Team
Colorado Avalanche: United States
Name of coach
Guy Gosselin [national], USA
Training Regime
He does fitness training at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, United States of America.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward
Senior International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
United States
General Interest
Hobbies
Hunting, working on old cars, wheelchair basketball, swimming. (teamusa.org, 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Scoring his first goal for the United States of America. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach and US Para ice hockey player Lonnie Hannah. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Kazakhstani boxer Gennady Golovkin. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Chase your dreams, as big as they might be. Hard work and believing in yourself can get you whatever you want in life." (deloitte.com, 07 Feb 2015)
Awards and honours
He lit the cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, CO, United States of America. (teamusa.org, 16 Sep 2014)
Other sports
He has played wheelchair basketball at club level in the United States of America. (49ers.com, 06 Mar 2014)
Impairment
In 2007 he was serving with the United States Army in Iraq when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device [IED]. He sustained injuries to both legs, and a year after returning from Iraq he decided to have his left leg amputated above the knee. (teamusa.org, 13 Feb 2014; oregonlive.com, 26 Aug 2010)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has worked for the United States Olympic Committee [USOC] as a sports coordinator for wounded athletes. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 Team  
1 2018 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
1 2012 Team  
2 2013 Team  
2 2017 Team