Although the Olympics may be over, the Paralympics are just getting started.
And one San Antonian will be going for the gold; Rico Roman will be competing on the U.S. Sled Hockey team. He is a U.S. Army veteran; he was injured in Afghanistan back in 2007 after a roadside bomb injured Roman.
It eventually led to the amputation of his left leg above the knee. His wife, Nathalie Roman says it was an event that would change their lives.
“Rico has always been a very positive person, but his independence was lost,” she said. “It wasn’t until he found hockey, that he found something to devout his time, energy and heart into.”
Upon moving to San Antonio, Roman was first introduced to sled hockey through Operation Comfort, a nonprofit organization that provides rehabilitative therapeutic programs for injured veterans at Brook Army Medical Center.
“Roman loved being a solider… and being a leader, and being on team like the sled hockey team has let him and other veterans on the team overcome hardship together,” Nathalie said.
Despite the controversy surrounding Russia and the Ukraine, the family made the trip to Sochi to watch Rico and the other on the sled hockey team thanks to USG Corporation who raised the funds to send Nathalie and her two kids to see him compete.
“The team has developed a bond like no other, and we are just excited to be there as his family and support him,” Nathalie said. “It’s a dream come true for all of us, they have the chance to win gold, and that will be happy ending for all of us.”