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Going For Gold In PyeongChang

Reprinted from SNS March 2018

A chance for a Team USA three-peat are among the stories to watch as the Paralympic Winter Games return to Korea

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Paralympics. It’s been 80 years since Ludwig Guttmann, MD, organized what led to them, followed by the first Paralympic Games in 1948 in London. 

Look at where they are now. This year, the Winter Paralympics will receive more television coverage than ever before as they return to Korea for the first time in three decades.  


It’s the first time the Games have been held in Korea since the 1988 Winter Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea. 

Forty-five countries, including the United States, will participate in the March 9-18 Games in PyeongChang in the Gangwon Province of South Korea. They’ll compete in six events, including alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, para ice hockey, snowboarding and wheelchair curling. More than 670 athletes are expected to compete — more than 47 times the original number.

Storylines abound, from gold-medal streaks to event changes to veteran and new athletes to watch. Check out our Paralympic preview.  

Back To Back To Back?

After becoming the first para ice hockey team to win back-to-back Paralympic gold medals, Team USA will try to become the first team to win three straight Paralympic titles.  

The U.S. defeated Russia 1-0 in the 2014 gold-medal game, with forward Josh Sweeney (Phoenix) scoring the only goal off a breakaway steal with 9 minutes, 28 seconds remaining in the second period. 

Team USA went 4-1 in the 2014 Sochi Games. It didn’t allow a goal in the medal round, recorded its second straight gold-medal game shutout and avenged an earlier 2-1 loss in the preliminary round to Russia. 

The U.S. just won the Turin 2018 Para Ice Hockey Invitational Tournament in January in Turin, Italy, defeating host Italy, 6-0, in the championship game. Forward Josh Misiewicz (La Grange, Ill.) scored three goals, while forward Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) added two.  

A month before, Team USA captured its fourth straight World Sled Hockey Challenge, defeating host Canada, 3-2, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Team USA led 3-0 after two periods before holding on to take the title. Misiewicz and forwards Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) and Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) each scored goals, while goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) made 14 saves. 

Farmer and Roybal enter as two of the team’s top threats, combining for 32 goals and 35 assists over 14 games the last two seasons. 

 

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