COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Players from the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team, as well as other members of the American sled hockey community, was featured on Showtime's 60 Minutes Sports on Wednesday. The segment examines the growth of the sport across the country and how it benefits a broad spectrum of disabled athletes.
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The USA will begin their 2012-13 ice sledge hockey season this weekend as the defending world and Paralympic champions, putting a large target on their backs as the ones to beat.
For American starting forward Alexi Salamone, who was adopted at six years old from Ukraine, hockey life cannot get much better at the moment.
He has been a part of the USA’s national team since 2003, scored the game-winning goal to beat Japan for gold at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games and was second among all scorers at the 2012 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey A Pool World Championships, where USA also finished first.
“I’m at the top of the world right now,” Salamone said. “I’m 25 and I’m at the top of the world. I think there’s a lot more athletes that will get to my spot. But while my time is here now, I want to truly make the best of it.”