CURLING: World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2013 – BRONZE for China
For immediate release: 23 February 2013
Sochi, Russia – China won the Bronze medal game at the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2013 in Sochi, Russia on Saturday beating the USA 6-5.
It is the second year in a row that this Chinese team – Skip Haitao Wang, Wei Liu (third), Qiang Zhang (second), Guangqin Xu (lead) and their alternate Jun He have won bronze. They won bronze in Chuncheon City, Korea last year.
The USA skipped by Patrick McDonald with David Palmer (third), Jimmy Joseph (second), Penny Greely (lead) and Meghan Line (alternate) finish the event in fourth place.
The USA opened the score in the first end taking two points. The two teams traded single points over the next four ends. With the score 4-2 going into the sixth end, the Chinese got their break with an open hit for two to tie the game 4-4. The USA only managed a single point in the 7th end. The Chinese kept the 8th end clean and Skip Haitao Wang had clear takeout on a US shot stone to score two and win the game.
Chinese skip Haitao Wang said he was extremely happy to win the game. He said the emotion of it all had made him cry. He explained that his team was very nervous going into the game as the USA had already beaten them twice - once the round robin and again in the 3v4 playoff.
Patrick McDonald USA Skip: “We came and we played, we trained really hard. After the fourth end break they turned up the heat. They made it really difficult. The best team won.”
Live coverage on Saturday 23 February of the GOLD (1530 local) medal game can be viewed worldwide here: http://russiasport.ru
SWE – Sweden (to play Final/Gold Medal Game)
CAN - Canada (to play Final/Gold Medal Game)
3. CHN – China (Bronze)
4. USA - USA
5. RUS – Russia
6. SCO – Scotland
7. SVK – Slovakia
8. FIN – Finland
9. KOR – Korea
10. NOR – Norway
The Gold medal game is scheduled for 15:30 local time (MSK – Moscow Standard Time) on Saturday 23rd.
Further qualification points for the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia will be awarded at the end of this year’s world championship. Only ten teams will qualify for the Games. For more information visit: http://www.worldcurling.org/curling-at-the-paralympics
Results, news and photos from the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2013 can be seen here on the event website: http://wwhcc2013.curlingevents.com
Follow live scores and shot by shot here: http://wwhcc2013.curlingevents.com/livescores
World Curling Federation Wheelchair Curling Events Facebook: Go hit ‘like’ to keep updated: http://www.facebook.com/WorldWheelchairCurlingChampionships
Notes to Editors
About Wheelchair Curling:
· Wheelchair curling is similar in many ways to its able-bodied parent game, except that no sweeping takes place, and each game consists of eight instead of ten ends.
· More information about Wheelchair Curling see: http://www.worldcurling.org/wheelchair-curling and http://www.worldcurling.org/curling-at-the-paralympics
About the World Curling Federation:
- The World Curling Federation (WCF) is the International Sport Federation governing the Olympic Winter Sport of Curling and the Paralympic Winter Sport of Wheelchair Curling.
· The WCF represents curling internationally by facilitating the co-operation and mutual understanding of a network of 50 member associations
· The WCF facilitates the growth of curling, which is carried out through a series of World Championship competitions and official WCF events, camps and courses and financial support programmes.
- The WCF is one of seven International Sports Federations currently part of the Winter Olympic Programme.
- For more information visit http://www.worldcurling.org