CURLING: Team USA opens with win at 2008 World Wheelchair Championship

Feb. 02, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 2, 2008 USA opens with win at 2008 World Wheelchair Championship (SURSEE, Switzerland) - Team USA opened with a 10-2 win Saturday morning at the 2008 World Wheelchair Championship. Augusto Perez (East Syracuse, N.Y.) and teammates James Pierce (North Syracuse, N.Y.), James Joseph (New Hartford, N.Y) and Jacqueline Kapinowski (Point Pleasant, N.J.) scored in the first two ends to grab an early lead. The Japanese team, led by Yoji Nakajima, closed the gap to 3-2 but would not get on the scoreboard again. The Americans scored three in the fourth end and stole four points in the following two ends to post the victory. In other action in the opening draw of the round robin, Italy blanked Canada 7-0; Switzerland got past Scotland 7-4; Norway slid past Sweden, 5-3; and Korea squashed Russia, 9-3. Team USA returns to the ice Sunday morning to face Norway (1-0), the defending champions. Games at the world wheelchair curling championship are six ends in length and no sweeping of the stone is allowed. Teams must consist of both men and women in order to be eligible. Line score: USA* 210 313 10 Japan 002 000 2 *last stone in first end Standings: Italy 1-0 Korea 1-0 Norway 1-0 Switzerland 1-0 USA 1-0 Canada 1-0 Japan 0-1 Russia 0-1 Scotland 0-1 Sweden 0-1 USA Curling is sponsored by AIT Worldwide Logistics, AmerAust Technologies and Nike as well as by AT,T, General Motors, The Home Depot, and Bank of America through a joint marketing program with the U.S. Olympic Committee. (30) For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling,, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).