CURLING: USA to play for bronze at 2008 World Wheelchair Championship

Feb. 08, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 8, 2008 USA to play for bronze at 2008 World Wheelchair Championship (SURSEE, Switzerland) - Team USA will play for bronze after losing to Norway in this morning's playoff match, 5-3, 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.) will play the loser of the semifinal match between Canada and Norway in tomorrow morning's bronze medal game. The Americans are on a quest to bring home the first medal for the U.S. at this event. Norway's Rune Lorensten team, the defending world champions, got the better of the U.S. this morning in the Page System 3-4 game with a pivotal three points in the second end that the Americans didn't recover from. "We're not too disappointed," said Perez. "You have only three guys who finished ahead of you, and we're still shooting for a medal." Korea advanced to the championship final after defeating Canada, 7-2, in the Page System 1-2 game. Canada will now face Norway in the semifinal with the winner advancing to the final. The International Paralympic Committee will broadcast packaged coverage of Sunday's semifinal and championship final at www.ParalympicSport.tv. Line score: 3-4 game USA 101 010 3 Norway* 030 101 5 1-2 game Canada 010 10X 2 Korea* 201 04X 7 *last stone in first end 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, terry.kolesar@usacurl.org, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).
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