Jacqui Kapinowski


Jacqui Kapinowski never thought her love of road racing would lead her to the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver.  In 2007, Kapinowski was competing in a race in Utica, N.Y. when she met team member James Joseph who introduced her to the sport of curling.


Kapinowski became a member of the Plainfield (N.J.) Curling Club shortly thereafter and four months after she joined the club, Kapinowski and Team USA won a bronze medal at the 2008 World Wheelchair Championship in Sursee, Switzerland.  At the Vancouver Games in 2010, Kapinowski helped Team USA come in fourth place.


Off the ice, Kapinowski remains dedicated to Wheelchair racing.  She has completed 52 marathons and has crossed the finish line a few different ways – running, with a walker and in a push-rim wheelchair. Kapinowski also has her sights on trying to make Team USA for track & field for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Kapinowski and her husband, Harry, have two sons - Lorin Michael, who serves in the Coast Guard & Billy who graduated from Lynn University, Boca Raton, Fla., in 2009.


Major Achievements:

  • 2010: Fourth place – Paralympic Games, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2009: Gold medal – Kathy Kerr Open, Ottawa Canada
  • 2009: Gold Medal – U.S. Open
  • 2009: Bronze medal – Kingross Invitational, Scotland
  • 2009:  Forth place – World Wheelchair Championship, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2008:  Nominated to 2010 U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Curling Team 
  • 2008:  Bronze medal - World Wheelchair Championship, Sursee, Switzerland

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