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When the athletes of the world gather in Sochi, Russia in February, the Quad Cities will be represented by a young sled hockey player who is living the dream to the fullest.

24-year-old Kevin McKee of Davenport has been disabled from the waist down since birth, but he still has the dream, and it's an Olympic dream.

McKee has been a member of the U.S. Hockey Sledding team and preparing for the Paralympics and will compete in the Sochi Winter Games in February. He'll be out to Colorado Springs to train after the holidays and he's more than excited about representing the US at the winter games.

"Yeah, I'm really excited," he said. "I can't wait, my first one and going to go for the gold. I've been on the team for.. this is my fourth year on the national team.. my dad found out when I was 10-years-old. I always watched hockey and we went down there and tried it out. And I fell in love with it getting on the ice... I'm excited... I can't wait... the crowd and atmosphere... the whole experience of being there in Russia and getting to see what I see on TV and in person... so its going to be a lot of fun."

"Oh, we're thrilled to death... the whole family is, " said McKee's father, Brian McKee. "He's worked really hard.. a huge portion of his life...and we're just excited for him."

McKee's father says he's planning to go to Russia.

"it actually is coming together on short notice," Brian McKee said. "We agreed we can't hardly miss it so we're going over with our daughter to watch him. We're just overjoyed."

Kevin McKee and Andy Yohe of Bettendorf will be representing the QC and the US at the Sochi Winter Games and we wish them the best.