By Donna Ellis
Special to Stlouisrams.com
While the Rams were preparing to take on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 10, another world-class team was in St. Louis training for their upcoming competition. The U.S. Paralympic Games took a break in their preparations to stop by a Rams practice Saturday morning before the team headed off to Indianapolis. La’Roi Glover, director of player engagement, gave the Olympic athletes a tour of the building where they had an opportunity to meet with head strength & conditioning coach Rock Gullickson, head trainer Reggie Scott, and team nutritionist Shawn Zell before heading out to watch practice.
Following practice, Team USA Coach Jeff Sauer and GM Dan Brennan presented Coach Fisher and the team an authentic USA jersey signed by the entire hockey team. In return, the hockey team received Rams hats and a good luck banner autographed by the Rams players and coaches. Coach Fisher promised a win over the Colts in exchange for another gold medal performance next spring in Sochi. The Rams beat the Colts 38-3 the following day.
Team USA goalie, Steve Cash, won an ESPY for his performance in 2010, not allowing a single goal on the way to the gold medal. A St. Louis native, Steve said, “We were simply in awe at how much of a class-act organization you have right here in St. Louis. Our team was able to gain insight on how the pros live and it provided some extra motivation to work that much harder and not allow ourselves to take a single day off from working to reach our goal.”
To follow the Paralympic Sled Hockey Team on the road to Sochi, visit their website at http://olympics.usahockey.com/page/show/844357-paralympics
An unprecedented 50 hours of coverage from Sochi will air on NBC and NBCSN during the Paralympic Winter Games – and no doubt some of the newest fans in blue and gold will be watching.