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(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) submitted the following statement to the Congressional Record congratulating New Hampshire athletes that are competing in the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia:

Senator Jeanne Shaheen Statement on New Hampshire’s Winter Paralympians

March 11, 2014

Madam. President, I rise today to recognize the impressive accomplishments of the New Hampshire athletes who will be representing the United States this month in the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.

These athletes are an inspiration to all of New Hampshire and athletes around the country. They have exhibited incredible dedication to their respective sports and have proven their remarkable abilities in competitions nationally and internationally. A selection to the United States Paralympic team is a great honor and a fitting reward for their years of hard work and training.

With access to the unparalleled beauty and terrain of the White Mountains, thousands of miles of trails, and nearly one thousand lakes, Granite Staters are at home on the snow, on the ice and in the air.

New Hampshire is proud to acknowledge our state’s Paralympians and is excited to show the world their talents during the Sochi games. 

Taylor Chace of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire will be competing in sled hockey. A three-time Paralympian, a member of the defending Paralympic gold medal sled hockey team and reigning top defenseman from the 2010 Paralympic Games, Taylor will hopefully help Team USA win the gold medal again.

Chris Devlin-Young of Bethlehem, New Hampshire will be competing in alpine skiing. As a five-time member of Team USA and four-time Paralympic medalist, we are excited to see Chris compete again on the Paralympic stage and hope that he can regain the podium in Sochi.

Tyler Walker of Franconia, New Hampshire will be competing in alpine skiing. We are rooting for Tyler who is representing Team USA for the third time, and are hopeful that his previous Paralympic experience and recent successes at the World Cup and U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships will translate into victory this year in Sochi.

Each member of the U.S. Paralympics team has overcome incredible challenges and with their resolve, hard work and courage, they represent the best of our nation.

It is my honor to congratulate these New Hampshire athletes. I wish each of them, and all of Team USA, the best of luck as they seek to bring home the gold at the 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics.