Karina VillegasKarina Villegas I began my sled hockey career at 40 years old playing with the Space Coast Blast Sled Hockey Team based in Rockledge, Florida starting in the 2014-2015 Season. After my first season I became a member of the USA Women's Developmental Program during Summer tryouts in 2015, which after one season I joined the USA Women's National Para Ice Hockey Team for the 2016-2017 season as a forward.

I became an above knee right leg amputee in 1991 after being hit by a Venezuelan's government vehicle in my high school zone. In 1998 I became the first disabled athlete to swim long distance open waters marathons in my native Venezuela. In 1999 I graduated from college as a Biomedical Scientist. In 2001 I realized I will never be safe in Venezuela due to my fight against the government to hold them accountable for their negligence, human rights violations, and threats against myself, my family, friends, and anyone involved in my cause.

I was granted political asylum, and became a US citizen in 2010. I have been a member for the USA Women's National Para Ice Hockey Team since 2016. In 2018 we became world
champions after defeating Canada 1-0 at worlds. Traveling to Puerto Rico for a sled clinic on the island awoke my vision of bringing the sport to all Latin America. I am committed to bring
Para Ice Hockey to Latin America one country at a time, a very big dream but achievable.