Transcript for Wounded Warrior Finds a New Way to Fight for His Country
wounded warrior who found a new way to fight for his country. He led team usa to a gold medal at the paralympic winter games in sochi and becomes the first to receive the pat Tilman award for inspiring others. When we talked with him today, he inspired us too. Reporter: Playing hockey for his high school team. He would join another team, the Marines, a proud sergeant on deployment in Afghanistan. It was there everything changed. A loud explosion went off and I just remember asking for help. Time flew by. Reporter: An ied exploded and when josh woke up, both legs had been amputated. But this fighter was determined to be part of a team again, the intense rehab, the weights, the strength building. Soon a whole new challenge, playing hockey again. Being a marine you kind of feel like you're on top of the world. After you're injured you wonder what am I doing again and where am I at in life and what's going on? Getting back out there in life reminded me that I'm still the same person I was and I can still go out and have fun. Reporter: He would return to the ice, but this time he would play hockey on a sled, balancing on two blades underneath. Playing in sochi, part of team usa in the paralympics. Here comes Sweeney! And he scores! Reporter: It was his goal that would win the gold for team usa against Russia. Josh Sweeney, the best player on the ice. Reporter: Tonight as josh is about to be honored, he told us that the real victory is simply being part of a team again. Being part of a team again after being injured and being pulled away from my guys, it's huge. It feels like I'm part of a unit again. It's just the sled hockey unit. Josh so deserving of that ward.
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