Name: Rico Roman
Paralympic Event: Sled hockey
Position
: Forward
Height
: 5-9
Weight
: 180
DOB
: Feb. 4, 1981
Birthplace
: Portland, Ore.
Hometown
: Portland, Ore.
Current
Residence: Wincrest, Texas
High
School: Alpha High School (Gresham, Ore.) ‘00
Military
Service Branch: United States Army
Military
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Military
Status: Retired
Club
Team: San Antonio Rampage


Paralympic Experience
  • Paralympian (2014); One-time medalist (1 gold)
  • Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, gold
World Championship Experience
  • 2013 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship, silver
  • 2012 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship, gold 
Career Highlights
  • Six-time IPC World Sledge Hockey Challenge medalist, gold (2012, Jan. 2016, Dec. 2016), silver (Nov. 2011, 2013), bronze (Apr. 2011)
  • 2013 USA Hockey Sled Cup, 1st

Personal

Retired Army Staff Sergeant Rico Roman had his left leg amputated above the knee when wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) while serving his third tour in Iraq in Feb. 2007. Roman, a Purple Heart recipient, was introduced to sled hockey by Operation Comfort, an organization dedicated to assisting injured U.S. service personnel at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He was a member of the San Antonio Rampage sled hockey club, which is made up entirely of military veterans, from 2009-11. He also played with the Dallas Stars sled team in 2012, helping the team to the 2012 USA Hockey Sled Classic Division A Championship. In addition to sled hockey, Operation Comfort introduced Roman to handcycling, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair football. Within a year of his amputation, Roman completed two bike marathons and rode 150 miles in a day to raise money for multiple sclerosis research. Roman currently resides in Wincrest, Texas. 

Connect
Twitter: @ricosled23