CURLING: USA men win bronze at 2008 World Seniors

March 15, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2008 USA men win bronze at 2008 World Senior Championships (STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - David Russell's Team USA took down Scotland to win the bronze medal Saturday afternoon 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.) lost to Sweden in this morning's semifinals, 6-5, in an extra end. But the tables turned in the bronze-medal match against Scotland's Adam Graeme rink as the U.S. defeated the Scots, 6-4. After the Scots blanked the first two ends, the Americans stole three points to take an early lead. The Scots would tie the game in the fifth end after scoring one and stealing two on the Americans. The U.S. would score a pivotal deuce in the sixth end and forced the Scots to just one in the seventh to grab the last-rock advantage heading into the final end. The Americans clinched the bronze-medal victory by scoring one point. In the men's final, Canada's Pat Ryan team shut out Sweden's Per Lindeman rink, 8-0, to win the gold medal. In women's action, Canada's Diane Foster rink got past Scotland's Kirsty Letton, 10-2, to win the gold. In the bronze-medal game, Switzerland's Renate Nedkoff rink stole one point in the final end to defeat Finland's Helena Timonen rink, 7-6. Since the World Senior Championships were created in 2002, the U.S. men have won one gold medal (2002), four silver medals (2006, 2005, 2004, 2003) and now bronze in 2008 while the women have won three bronze (2007, 2004, 2002). Next year's World Senior Championships will be staged in New Zealand in late April. Line scores: Scotland* 000 120 10 4 USA men 003 002 01 6 *last rock in first end 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).