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Rico Roman

Para Ice Hockey
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Daughter Juliet, son Raul
Residence
Portland, OR, USA
Occupation
Veteran
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 into hockey at the time. I'm glad they convinced me."
Club / Team
Colorado Avalanche: Denver, CO, USA
Name of coach
David Hoff [national], USA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward

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
US Para ice hockey coach and player Lonnie Hannah. (Athlete, 29 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Kazakhstani boxer Gennady Golovkin. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"We [Para athletes] take the same pride in competing and winning that anybody does. The passion is the same. We want to win. We want to be recognised just as much as anybody else and we want to be treated the same, too. I think that's huge and important. It's not, 'Oh. Look at how sweet'. It's like, 'No, these guys are getting it. They're out there and competing at the highest level. They're trying to win'." (people.com, 11 Nov 2021)
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)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (people.com, 11 Nov 2021)
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)

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