U.S. Advances to Playoffs at World Wheelchair Curling Championships

Feb. 27, 2009, 2:37 p.m. (ET)

VANCOUVER, B.C.--The 2010 U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Curling Team is in third place at the conclusion of round-robin play at the 2009 World Wheelchair Curling Championships.

Team USA played nine games over the first six days of competition, compiling a 5-4 record that included a win over the defending Paralympic gold medalists from Canada.

The team's third place standing qualifies it to move on to the playoffs and have the opportunity to play for a medal.  The U.S. has a re-match with Canada on Friday, February 27, at 8:00 p.m. PST in the crossover round.  Semifinals and medal games will take place on Saturday, February 28. 

The U.S. is the defending world championships bronze medalists.

The 2010 U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Curling Team is Patrick McDonald (Orangevale, Calif.), Jacqueline Kapinowski (Point Pleasant, N.J.), James Joseph (New Hartford, N.Y.), James Pierce (North Syracuse, N.Y.) and Augusto Perez (East Syracuse, N.Y.).

Follow all the action from the World Wheelchair Curling Championships at http://www.wwhcc2009.com/.