Sled Hockey: Post-Win Interview
· After every game, players line up and bump fists with
their opponents, acknowledging the win, the loss, the game. Rico Roman (#23) was
struck by a moment after the gold medal match: “One of the Russian players,
they’re ex-military, too, one of them said, ‘Good job, soldier.’ That meant a lot.”
· Gold medals are heavy -
more than a pound and a half in total, shards of
thick reflective glass set in a silver core and 24 karat gold exterior. The imagery engraved on them represents the sun's rays reflected through snowy mountains, and the temperate Black Sea coast
next to Sochi’s icy peaks. The American players were holding on tightly
to theirs, but also sharing:
“Would you like to wear it?” So ICE WARRIORS can attest to how great
that weight feels hanging around your neck.
· Team USA was jubilant
after the Games, and ICE WARRIORS was there as they got on their bus back to
the hotel. We’d heard them, many
times over the months we’d filmed the team, cheering “ USA! USA!” before and after games. Now they were saluting each other: “BROOODY!!” “ JOSHHH!!!” And then, to the ICE WARRIORS team’s
amazement, they cheered us: “PBS! PBS!” We were humbled.
Watch the team's journey to victory in ICE WARRIORS.