Patrick McDonald and Team USA kept their perfect record intact today with a 5-4 win over Sweden in the round robin of the 2013 World Wheelchair Championship at the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi, Russia.
With today's win over Sweden's Jalle Jungnell, McDonald (Madison, Wis.) and teammates David Palmer (Mashpee, Mass.), Jimmy Joseph (New Hartford, N.Y.) and Penny Greely (Green Bay, Wis.) keep pace with Canada's Jim Armstrong, which is 5-0.
"It's always a good game with them," McDonald said about playing against Sweden. "Every game, since I can remember, has come down to last rock, measurement or an extra end. And the last end there was a little nerve-wracking. Dave [Palmer] and I talked about my first stone. We agreed on it, which I think came in a little light, and luckily for us they clipped the guard and we had one in the back that was second count."
Tied 1-1 after two ends of play, the U.S. stole a single in the third end to take its first lead. Sweden countered with a single and a steal as well to start the second half of the regulation eight-end game. The Americans scored a deuce in the sixth, stole one in the seventh and held the Swedes to a single in the eighth to notch the team's third victory of the championship.
"2009 was my first year at a World Championship and we played pretty much the same Swedish team in 2010 [at the Paralympics] ... we lost the bronze to that Swedish team. I took 2011 off for my shoulder. Then we played them last year. This year I am more confident. I throw a lot of stones each season," McDonald said. "After this most people would take a break. The day after we get back I will have more practice sessions. Madison has ice till April 1, I believe. So I'll be there four days a week and practicing until they don't have any ice any more. I love it there. I uprooted the family from California and my daughter is into it now and she's a phenomenal curler for [age] 10!"
The U.S. team returns to the ice Tuesday morning against Canada in the battle of the two unbeaten teams. The USA-Korea (0-4) game that was postponed on Sunday due to the problem with the ice cooling plant has been rescheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
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 10 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
Live coverage of all games on SHEET C can be viewed worldwide here: http://russiasport.ru
For more information contact Terry Kolesar, USA Curling, firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900.