Hockey

Creating Positive Outcomes: Andy Yohe, Paralympic Gold Medalist

Always a hockey fanatic, Andrew “Andy” Yohe of Bettendorf, Iowa, was a roller hockey player for the Bettendorf Young Guns before losing both legs in 1994. He was run over while trying to jump onto a train. But he did not allow the accident to prevent him from continuing with his athletic career. Andy became an ice sled hockey player and went on to serve as captain of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team that won the gold medal at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Andy has an indomitable spirit, as well as a vital message to share with the public. He will give a presentation called Creating Positive Outcomes at a Think Tank session to be held 6 to 8 p.m. June 26, at Rivermont Collegiate, 1821 Sunset Dr., Bettendorf, Iowa. Cost of the session is $20 ($10 for students 18 and younger) and includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres. The Think Tank is a division of Results Marketing in Bettendorf, Iowa.

A Winning Attitude 

“To receive positive outcomes, you must first be positive,” said Andy. “This may sound simple, but you must focus and make an effort to be positive in all aspects of your life. Make sure to talk about things you like, and why your day is going good. Compliment someone or tell them, ‘Good job.’” His presentation will stress the need to “Evaluate, Educate, Adapt, and Believe” in life. According to Andy, these abilities are “the reason humans are so amazing.”

After his accident, Andy got back into hockey when he joined the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) Blackhawks. His winning attitude prevailed when he set the club’s record for points in a season by a rookie. Andy was a member of Team USA in 2006 and helped the team win a bronze medal at the Paralympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy.

Andy manages a prosthetic and orthotic facility and currently resides in Bettendorf, Iowa, with Katie, three-year-old daughter Abby, and newborn son Levi. He is a 2009 graduate of Ashford University with a degree in Business Administration.

To find out more about the event or to register, call Les Flesher of Results Marketing at 563-322-2065 or email Les@resultsimc.com. To register online, visit http://www.eventbee.com/v/results/event?eid=159016693.

Milestone events from Andy Yohe’s athletic career include:

•Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter games, gold; Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, gold; Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, bronze

•Two-time International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship medalist, gold (2009), bronze (2008)

•Two-time IPC World Sledge Hockey Challenge medalist, gold (2009), silver (2013)

•2010 Japan Para Ice Sledge Hockey Championship, 1st

•Captain of U.S. National Sled Hockey Team (2010, 2014)

•Six-time U.S. National Sled Hockey Team member (2005-2010, 2013-14)

•Set rookie season scoring record with Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Blackhawks (2003)

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