Local family going to Russia for Paralympics despite tension

KSDK – The timing of the stand-off in Ukraine couldn't be worse for one local man, who says nothing will keep him from flying into Russia in two days to watch his son play sled hockey at the Paralympics in Sochi.

Don Cash's son, Steve, is the goalie for the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey team. He watched him compete at the previous games in Italy and Vancouver.

"It's exciting," he said. "It's the most exciting events I've been to."

Cash says his son has been in Sochi since Saturday. He knows Steve is safe, and the team isn't letting international events distract them.

This time around, the Olympic committee is advising even more caution. Cash has been told not to wear clothing like his son's replica hockey jersey.

"Just not to attract attention," he said. "They have advised us to blend in more than anything, not to talk on the cell phones, not to try to blend in as much as we can."

It's a big deal for Don not to wear his son's jersey. Steve Cash grew up in Overland, and is a two-time world champion and a Paralympics gold medalist.

Four years ago at the Vancouver Paralympics, he was the MVP of the sled hockey tournament, shutting out every team he faced.


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