“Evergreen CC and the curlers in Portland, OR should be proud of the interest and participation they have developed in wheelchair curling,” said Steve Brown, head coach of the U.S. wheelchair curling program.
The Pre Trials were held over four days, with practice ice on Thursday, and the competition Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Five athletes competed in a grueling series of skills tests designed to measure their shot-making abilities and consistency.
Jimmy Kenner of Green Bay, WI: 411 points
Bill Gray of Evergreen CC (Portland, OR): 386 points
Steve Roberts of Evergreen CC (Portland, OR): 322 points
Stephen Hart of Evergreen CC (Portland, OR): 319 points
Brian Fontanarosa of Columbus, OH: 253 points
Twelve athletes (eight men, four women) will compete at the Team USA World Selection trials in October 2012, and a team of five will be chosen to represent Team USA at the 2013 World Wheelchair Curling Championship, February 16-23, 2013, in Sochi, Russia. The World Team must include at least one man and one woman. Three additional athletes will be designated as Team USA alternates.
Cathy Cummins from Evergreen CC will be one of four females competing at the World Selection Trials. Probably, the World Team will consist of at least two members of each gender pending approval from the U.S. Curling Association (USCA) and the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC).
“International rules require that at least one member of each gender be on the ice at all times, so it is very dangerous to travel with just one female as we did this past season, ” said Brown.