CURLING: USA men move into first place at 2008 World Seniors

March 12, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 12, 2008 USA men move into first place at 2008 World Senior Championships (STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - David Russell's Team USA handed the home team its first loss and moved into a tie for first place Wednesday night at the 2008 World Senior Championships in Vierumaki, Finland. Russell (La Crosse, Wis.) and teammates Bill Rhyme (Green Bay, Wis.), Mark Swandby (Madison, Wis.), Dave Carlson (Portage, Wis.) and Mike Fraboni (McFarland, Wis.) defeated the Finnish team led by Mauno Nummila, 7-5, to improve to 6-1 with one game remaining in the round robin. The top two teams from each men's pool advance to the semifinals on Saturday. Canada leads the other pool with a perfect 6-0 record. In tonight's game the U.S. took the lead in the fifth end with a big four-ender but the Finns tied the game in the seventh end with a deuce. The U.S. had the last rock advantage in the final end though and sealed the victory with a deuce of its own. The U.S. men will finish the round robin Thursday night against Ireland (5-2). The USA women's team of Pam Oleinik (Brookfield, Wis.), Laurie Rahn (Lake Forest, Ill.), Susan Curtis (Rogers, Ark.) and Jo Ann Matthews (New Berlin, Wis.) allowed Scotland's Kirsty Letton rink to steal too many points on them en route to a 13-2 loss. The American ladies are now 3-3 with three games remaining. The top four women's teams advance to the semifinals. Live scoring can be found at Since the World Senior Championships were created in 2002, the U.S. men have won four silver medals (2006, 2005, 2004, 2003) and one gold medal (2002) while the women have won three bronze (2007, 2004, 2002). Line scores: Finland* 200 100 20 5 USA men 001 040 02 7 Scotland 030 413 2x 13 USA women* 101 000 0x 2 *last rock in first end Standings: Men - Blue group: USA 6-1 Finland 6-1 Scotland 6-1 Ireland 5-2 England 4-3 New Zealand 3-5 Iceland 1-6 Italy 1-6 Norway 0-7 Men - Red group Canada 6-0 Germany 6-1 Sweden 5-1 Switzerland 4-3 Japan 3-3 Wales 2-4 Russia 2-4 Estonia 0-6 Denmark 0-6 Women: Finland 5-1 Canada 4-2 Ireland 4-2 Scotland 4-2 Switzerland 4-2 Sweden 3-3 USA 3-3 Japan 2-4 England 1-5 New Zealand 0-6 USA Curling is sponsored by AIT Worldwide Logistics, AmerAust Technologies and Nike. (30) For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling,, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).