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Brody Roybal

Para Ice Hockey
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Residence
Nashville, TN, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Communications - University of Arizona: Tucson, AZ, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2006 with the Hornets Youth Sled Hockey team in Chicago, IL, United States of America. He joined the US national team at age 15. "You learn to grow up fast when you're a 15-year-old playing with guys who are late 20s, early 30s. They teach you a lot more than you'd probably learn in your high school classes."
Why this sport?
He tried a number adaptive sports, including softball and basketball, but his passion was contact sports and particularly Para ice hockey. "Sled hockey's given me so many opportunities and helped me grow so much as a person outside of just the sport. I've [got] to see way more of the world than most people my age would be able to see, and I've experienced so much more."
Club / Team
Nashville Sled Preds: United States
Name of coach
David Hoff [national], USA
Training Regime
He trains for 15 hours a week.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward

General interest

Hobbies
Playing video games. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
US Para ice hockey player Noah Grove. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Injuries
At age 12 he required surgery after breaking his elbow in a skateboarding accident. (chicagotribune.com, 24 Jan 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you have the drive and determination to achieve your goals, you can do anything." (paralympic.org, 05 Mar 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] and Best Forward at the 2021 World Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (paralympic.org, 26 Jun 2021)

He was named MVP and Best Forward at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (teamusa.org, 05 Jan 2022; journal-topics.com, 14 Jul 2021; teamusa.usahockey.com, 18 Mar 2018)

In 2015 he was named March of Dimes Inspirational Athlete at the Comcast SportsNet Awards in Chicago, IL, United States of America. (paralympic.org, 05 Mar 2015; csnchicago.com, 04 Mar 2015)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (teamusa.org, 05 Jan 2022)
Impairment
He was born with a congenital bilateral amputation, meaning he did not have a femur in either leg. (teamusa.org, 13 Feb 2014)
Other information
HOPES FOR BEIJING
He is competing at the Paralympic Winter Games for the third time in Beijing in 2022, and is hoping to win his third consecutive gold medal. "I think this is by far the best team we've ever had, and I think we have a great group of guys now that are really dedicated to the sport and to the game. Everyone is just a big family, and we all really care for each other. We're all supporting each other and pushing each other. I'm really, really confident in this team." (teamusa.org, 05 Jan 2022)

CLIMBING HIGH
In 2018 he participated in the SkyRise Chicago event at Willis Tower in Illinois, United States of America. He climbed 105 floors by using his upper body. "I like to prove to myself that I can do things that able-bodied people do. I think this is going to be the hardest thing I've ever done." (northlakecity.com, 04 Nov 2018)

SOCHI PERMISSION
He competed at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi at age 15. He needed permission from the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] to be a member of the squad because he was younger than the minimum age of 16. "I needed three doctors' notes saying I was physically capable to compete with men. It's not really an age thing, it's how strong you are." (chicagotribune.com, 24 Jan 2015)

OTHER STUDIES
He has also studied at DeVry University in Naperville, IL, United States of America. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group B 2014-03-08 1
Mixed Group B 2014-03-09 3
Mixed Group B 2014-03-11 6
Mixed Group B - Standings 2014-03-11 2
Mixed Semifinal 2014-03-13 202
Mixed Gold Medal Match 2014-03-15 101
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-11 2
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-12 4
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-13 5
Mixed Tournament Group B - Standings 2018-03-13 1
Mixed Tournament Semifinal 2018-03-15 2
Mixed Tournament Gold Medal Match 2018-03-18 1