Within a year of having his left leg amputated above the knee after he was injured in 2007 by an IED during his third tour in Iraq, retired Army Staff Sgt. Rico Roman completed two bike marathons and rode 150 miles in a day to raise money for multiple sclerosis research. Through Operation Comfort, the Purple Heart recipient then picked up competitive sled hockey.
Josh Sweeney, Sled Hockey
Not even losing both legs above the knee could keep this lifelong hockey player off the ice. Retired Marine Corps Sgt. Josh Sweeney became a bilateral amputee while serving in Afghanistan in 2009, according to the U.S. Paralympics website. He was immediately drawn to sled hockey after completing his rehabilitation. He started playing with an all-military member club team in San Antonio, Texas, then joined the National Sled Hockey Team, and is now representing the U.S. in Sochi.
Bryan Price, Cross-Country Skiing
An avid athlete since he was a kid, retired Army Staff Sgt. Bryan Price transitioned to adaptive sports as soon as he could after he was paralyzed from the waist down in 2006 after getting hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq while on patrol, according to KSHB. While competing in the National Veteran Wheelchair Games, Price caught the eye of an Paralympic scout who invited the vet to try out Nordic skiing. He was nominated to join the 2014 team in Sochi without ever having played on a national team.
Andy Soule, Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon
Inspired to serve after the Sept. 11 attacks, Andy Soule joined the Army and was deployed to Afghanistan, according to the U.S. Paralympics website. After an IED detonated next to Soule’s Humvee, he had both his legs amputated above the knee. He started cross-country skiing for the first time soon after, and made history at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games by winning a bronze medal in the 2.4km biathlon, making him the first U.S. biathlete -- Olympic or Paralympic -- to medal in the event at the Games.
Heath Calhoun, Super-G, Giant Slalom, Slalom, Super Combined
Having grown up in a military family, retired Army Staff Sgt. Heath Calhoun set his sights on continuing his grandfather's and father’s tradition of service, according to the U.S. Paralympics website. While deployed in Iraq in 2003, Calhoun was severely injured when a rocket-propelled grenade hit his Humvee, and he had both his legs amputated above the knee. After intensive rehabilitation, the Purple Heart recipient started training with the Wounded Warrior Project, and was introduced to adaptive skiing. In 2005, he played a role in the passing of the Wounded Warrior Bill, which vowed to improve health care for injured vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.