first appeared in the May 2018 Equiery

The Winter Olympics continued in South Korea at the end of March with the PyeongChang Paralympics, where 18-year-old Noah Grove of Frederick helped Team USA’s Sled Hockey team earn gold! Noah, son of Maryland-based Thoroughbred racehorse trainer Chris Grove, had his left leg amputated below the knee when he was five years old due to bone cancer. When he was diagnosed, the Maryland racing community came together to create the “Noah Fund” and raised more than $120,000 to assist with his needs.

Grove did not let the amputation stop him and found success in Sled Hockey. He has been on several medal winning Sled Hockey teams for the US, earning a Silver Medal in 2017 at the World Championships in Gangneung, South Korea. He was also on the winning US teams for the World Sled Hockey Challenges in 2016 and 2017. Both those championships were held in Canada. Grove and Team USA also competed, and won again in Italy earlier this year at the Turin Para Ice Hockey International Tournament.

At the Paralympics, Team USA tied Team Canada with only 35 seconds left in regulation time. They scored a goal in sudden death to win the Gold Medal.