Nikko Landeros

Sled Hockey

Landeros
  • 2010
  • 2014
Name: Nikko Landeros
2014
Paralympic Event: Sled hockey
Position
: Defenseman
Height
: 6-1
Weight: 185
DOB
: April 28, 1989
Birthplace
: San Francisco, Calif.
Hometown
: Johnstown, Colo.
Current
Residence: Johnstown, Colo.
High
School: Berthoud High School (Berthoud, Colo.) ‘08
Club
Team: Colorado Avalanche

Performance
Highlights
  • Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, gold
  • Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, gold
  • Two-time International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship medalist, gold (2012), silver (2013)
  • Four-time IPC World Sledge Hockey Challenge medalist, gold (2012), silver (Nov. 2011, 2013), bronze (April 2011)
  • 2013 USA Hockey Sled Cup, 1st
  • 2011 Japan Para Ice Sledge Hockey Championship, 3rd
  • Five-time U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Member (2009-14)

Personal


Nikko Landeros and U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey teammate Tyler Carron began their careers in Paralympic sport together after being injured in the same accident. The two were close friends and teammates on the Berthoud High School wrestling team. As high school juniors on the way home from a school dance, Landeros and Carron were changing a tire when they were struck by a vehicle and pinned between two SUVs. As a result of the accident, both Landeros and Carron became bilateral amputees. Landeros, who had played hockey for much of his life, encouraged Carron to try sled hockey, and the two were soon teammates once again. With Carron, Landeros played on the Colorado Avalanche sled team from 2008-13, helping the Avalanche capture both the inaugural 2010 USA Hockey Sled Classic presented by the NHL and the 2011 USA Hockey Tier II National Championship. Landeros made his first U.S. National Sled Hockey Team in 2009; Carron, who began on the developmental squad, joined Landeros on the national team one season later. In addition to wrestling and hockey, Landeros’ previous athletic pursuits also included playing nose guard on the Berthoud High football team.

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