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It was a tough-fought match on the ice in Sochi, but the US sled hockey team came out on top by defeating Russia one to nothing in the gold medal game.  A pair of Quad Citians were apart of that victory; Andy Yohe of Bettendorf and Kevin McKee of Davenport are on the team.  Family, friends and co-workers organized a watch party for the games.  

It's a celebration at Steel Head Tavern in Moline as fans gather to support our teams.  With drinks, pizza and the comfort of each other, fans aren't just rooting for the red, white and blue, they're showing support for one of the Quad Cities own- Andy Yohe.

"We're so proud of him. it's super exciting to come watch him on TV," Andy Yohe's wife, Katie Yohe said.  "We're disappointed that we weren't able to be in Russia"

So they decided to bring Russia to them.  They gathered friends, coworkers and some of his biggest fans to watch him on the big screen.  Family members say being apart of the Paralympics has always been something Yohe's wanted to do and he's accomplished that.

"To imagine your brother being in the Olympics is such phenomenal, first of all," said Kyle Yohe.  "Second of all, I never thought something like this would happen. Two gold medals? Unbelievable!"

"He's not just a Paralympic athlete. He's a great man, great husband that works hard and overall just a great guy," said Nancy Nohwedder.

"It's just amazing that they can come home and say that they've beaten all the other teams in the world," said Katie Yohe.

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