2014 Paralympic Event: Sled hockey
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
- Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, gold
- Two-time International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship medalist, gold (2012), silver (2013)
- Three-time IPC World Sledge Hockey Challenge medalist, gold (2012), silver (Nov. 2011, 2013)
- 2013 USA Hockey Sled Cup, 1st
- Three-time member of U.S. National Sled Hockey Team (2011-14)
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. Now, Roman is a world champion who is set to compete in his first Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.
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 with wife Nathalie and two children.
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