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Great athletes are defined by their passion and intensity for their sport -- and that is certainly true in sled hockey.

In the latest installment of Inspiration Nation, USA TODAY Network looks at the U.S. national team that will soon compete in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.

They all have stories that will inspire you, but perhaps no one more so than Marine Sgt. Josh Sweeney. He had both legs amputated above the knee while serving in Afghanistan after stepping on an IED. Now, he's one of the leaders of a hockey team headed to Sochi.

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