COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The gold-medal winning U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team is one of five nominees for the International Paralympic Committee's Best Team from the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Public voting is taking place at Paralympic.org through Tuesday (April 29).
The U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team was named the U.S. Olympic Committee's Team of the Month for March. Also, Team USA received "Team of the Paralympic Games" honors at the U.S. Olympic Committee Best of U.S. Awards Show April 2 at Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. The inaugural event honored outstanding U.S. performances from the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
The U.S. became the first nation to win back-to-back Paralympic gold medals in sled hockey by defeating Russia, 1-0, in the gold-medal game March 15. Josh Sweeney (Phoenix, Ariz.) scored the game-winning goal and Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) made six saves. Overall, the U.S. posted preliminary round wins over Italy (5-1) and South Korea (3-0), plus a semifinal triumph against Canada (3-0). Team USA avenged its only loss, a 2-1 setback versus Russia in the preliminary round, by topping the host country in the gold medal rematch.
On April 10, Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) was named the IPC's Best Male Athlete of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, as determined by a public vote.