Monday, February 16, 2009

Another reason I like hockey players

Give it up for the boys of the Indiana Ice, who came to the greet the return of one of the team's equipment helpers, who just got back from winning several gold medals in the Special Olympics for speed skating.

Greenwood, Indy competitors earn gold medals at Special Olympics

Stamper and four other Indiana Special Olympians returned to Indianapolis on Sunday. Among them was Randy Hurt, a 16-year-old Indianapolis speed skater who brought home three gold medals.

"I'd never been in anything like that before," Hurt said of his three races before thousands of fans. "All the clapping, it can make you kind of nervous."

Awaiting Hurt's arrival at Indianapolis International Airport were about a dozen members of the Indiana Ice hockey team. Hurt, who loves playing hockey as much as he does racing, has been an equipment helper for the team for two years.

The Ice players said they were glad to lend their support to his accomplishment.

"He always has a smile on his face for us, whether we are winning or losing," said forward Zack Golenbiewski. "Plus, we just really respect what he has done."

Hurt, a student at Damar Academy, a special-education school of Damar Services on Indianapolis' Westside, won golds in the 500-meter, 777-meter and 1,000-meter skating events.

"I really got tired in the second race, the 1,000 meters, because that's a really long race," Hurt said.

View this gallery at IndyStar: Special Olympians return home

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