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18 veterans compete in the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

March 07, 2018 - 1:11 pm
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The Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will feature 18 military veteran athletes in five sports. 

The opening ceremony for the games will be March 9 at 6 A.M. ET on NBC Sports Network. Here is a list of the veteran athletes who will be competing in this year’s games:

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Para Alpine Skiing

Kevin Burton is a retired U.S. Navy petty officer first class who worked as an Arabic linguist. In 2010 he was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa. He is a two-time Paralympian. Burton’s hometown is Erie, Colorado.

Brandon Powell-Ashby is a U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal and the visual guide for Burton. This is his first Paralympics. Powell-Ashby’s hometown is Boulder, Colorado.

Joshua Elliott was a U.S. Marine Corps sergeant. During a patrol in Afghanistan in 2011, he stepped on an IED, which caused the loss of three fingers on his left and a double above-knee amputation. This is his first Paralympics. Elliott’s hometown is Yakima, Washington.

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Wheelchair Curling

Kirk Black was a U.S. Army specialist. This is his first Paralympics. Black’s hometown is San Antonio, Texas.

Stephen Emt was a U.S. Army second lieutenant. This is his first Paralympics. Emt’s hometown is Hebron, Connecticut.

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Sled Hockey

Ralph DeQuebec is a U.S. Marine Corps gunnery sergeant. He lost his legs above the knee from an IED when he was in Afghanistan in 2012. This is his first Paralympics. DeQuebec’s hometown is Denver, Colorado.

Travis Dodson is a retired U.S. Marine Corps corporal. While in Iraq in 2007, he sustained severe injures to both legs from the blast of a grenade. He is a two-time Paralympian. Dodson’s hometown is Deming, New Mexico.

Jen Lee is an active duty U.S. Army staff sergeant and member of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program. His left leg was amputated above the knee after a motorcycle accident in 2009. He is a two-time Paralympian and won gold in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. Lee’s hometown is San Francisco, California.

Luke McDermott is a retired U.S. Marine Corps corporal. He is a bilateral below-knee amputee from an IED explosion while on a patrol in Afghanistan in 2010. This is his first Paralympics. McDermott’s hometown is Westerlo, New York.

Joshua Misiewicz is a retired U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal. He is a double above-knee amputee from an IED while on a patrol in Afghanistan. This is his first Paralympics. Misiewicz’s hometown is La Grange, Illinois.

Rico Roman is a retired U.S. Army staff sergeant. In 2007, he was wounded by an IED during his third deployment to Iraq and had his left leg amputated above the knee. He is a two-time Paralympian and won gold in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. Roman’s hometown is Portland, Oregon.

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Para Nordic Skiing

Daniel Cnossen is a U.S. Navy lieutenant commander. He was a platoon commander with SEAL Team One in Afghanistan in 2009 when he was injured by an IED and lost both of his legs above the knee. He is a two-time Paralympian. Cnossen’s hometown is Topeka, Kansas.

Sean Halsted was a U.S. Air Force senior airman. He was injured in 1998 when he fell 40 feet out of a helicopter on a fast rope during a search and rescue training exercise. He is a three-time Paralympian. Halsted’s hometown is Rathdrum, Idaho.

Bryan Price is a retired U.S. Army staff sergeant. He was paralyzed from the waist down after his Humvee hit an IED in Iraq in 2006. He is a two-time Paralympian. Price’s hometown is Leeton, Missouri.

Jeremy Wagner was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves. After returning from a deployment to Iraq in 2007, he was in a motorcycle accident that paralyzed him below the waist. He is a two-time Paralympian. Wagner’s hometown is Nānākuli, Hawaii.

Andrew Soule is a retired U.S. Army specialist. He lost both of his legs from an IED explosion in Afghanistan. He is a three-time Paralympian and won a bronze medal in the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. Soule’s hometown is Kerrville, Texas.

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Para Snowboard

Jimmy Sides is a U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant. In 2012, as an explosive ordnance disposal technician he was attempting to manually disarm an IED in Afghanistan when it exploded and severely injured him. His lower right arm was amputated and he lost vision in his left eye. This is his first Paralympics. Sides’ hometown is Silverthorne, Colorado.

Michael Spivey is a retired U.S. Marine Corps sergeant. In 2010 he was injured by an IED in Afghanistan and lost his left arm below the elbow and suffered shrapnel wounds to his back and legs. This is his first Paralympics. Spivey’s hometown is Abilene, Texas.