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I'm a father of four and recently divorced to Deb after 30 years of marriage. I was blessed to participate in disabled sports right here in Minnesota which lead to a Paralympic career spanning 16 years, 3 winter games culminating with a Gold Medal. I have always been drawn to technology and how we can leverage it to make our life experiences more enjoyable. I believe in empowering those with disabilities by utilizing a sports focus; letting their guard down a bit and learn life lessons from those that have been there before them under the same circumstances. While retired from competitive hockey I still love playing wheelchair softball during the summer and love having my family close by sharing in the camaraderie.

I enjoy sharing my life journey with others through motivational speaking and advocate for disability rights.

I look forward to spending time with my grandkids (4) and riding my Vanderhall.

2002 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team will be inducted to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame as a part of the Class of 2022.

Watch 2002 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team Acceptance Speech.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee today announced the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame, Class of 2022, which will be honored and inducted in a ceremony held Friday, June 24, at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs. The class of 2022 is made up of eight individuals, two teams, two legends, one coach and one special contributor.

The inductees include Natalie Coughlin (swimming), Muffy Davis (Para alpine skiing and Para-cycling), Mia Hamm (soccer), David Kiley (Para alpine skiing, Para track and field, and wheelchair basketball), Michelle Kwan (figure skating), Michael Phelps (swimming), Lindsey Vonn (alpine skiing), Trischa Zorn-Hudson (Para swimming), the 1976 Women’s 4x100 Freestyle Relay Swimming Team, the 2002 Paralympic Sled Hockey Team, Gretchen Fraser (legend: alpine skiing), Roger Kingdom (legend: track and field), Pat Summitt (coach: basketball) and Billie Jean King (special contributor). 


“It's a distinct honor to welcome the class of 2022 into the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame and to celebrate their remarkable individual and team achievements as representatives of Team USA,” said USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland. “Induction into the Hall of Fame adds to the tremendous legacies of these great athletes and teams, and also memorializes the contributions of those members of the “team behind the team” who dedicated themselves to helping Team USA achieve success on and off the field of play.”  

The class of 2022 has represented the United States as athletes at a combined 27 Olympic and Paralympic Games, tallying 129 medals, including 86 golds. There are also two new sports or sport disciplines added to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame, with Muffy Davis as a Para-cyclist and the 2002 sled hockey team. Pat Summitt and Billie Jean King become the first female inductees in the coach and special contributor categories, respectively. 

National Governing Bodies, alumni, current athletes and additional members of the Olympic and Paralympic community were invited to nominate eligible athletes. From there, a nominating committee comprised of individuals from the Olympic and Paralympic movements narrowed it down to a set of finalists. The class of 2022 was determined by a voting process that includes Olympians and Paralympians, members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family, and an online vote open to fans. The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame was one of the first national sports halls of fame to include fan voting as part of its selection process, and this year, more than 432,000 votes were cast across all platforms. 

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We did it! 

Seeded in last place at the 2002 Salt Lake Paralympic Games, Manny (Chicago born native) led the US Sled Hockey team to the gold medal.

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To my beautiful family Deb and children Janay, Gavin, Elliot and Alec for enduring along road of sacrifices which allowed me to accomplish my dream.

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