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Paralympic star Sweeney earns 1st Tillman Award

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When retired Marine Corps Sgt. Josh Sweeney recounts his inspirational journey following an explosion that took both his legs in Afghanistan, he leaves out an important detail: His gold-medal winning goal.

Sweeney played on the U.S. Paralympic sled hockey team that beat the Russians 1-0 earlier this year in Sochi. He shot the game’s lone goal in the second period at Shayba Arena, giving the Unites States its second straight gold medal in the event.

He also doesn’t mention that he’s been honored with a Purple Heart for his service in the Marines.

Sweeney will receive the inaugural Pat Tillman Award for Service at the 2014 ESPY Awards on July 16. The award is being presented in conjunction with the Pat Tillman Foundation, which invests in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships.

 

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