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USA finishes fifth at 2014 Paralympic Winter Games

By Terry Kolesar | March 13, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)
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March 13, 2014

USA finishes fifth at 2014 Paralympic Winter Games

(SOCHI, RUSSIA) - Team USA will not advance to a tiebreaker game and finishes fifth at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

Team USA needed losses tonight from China and Slovakia at the Ice Cube Curling Center to force tiebreaker games but China defeated Great Britain, 6-3, to claim the fourth and final semifinal berth.

Patrick McDonald (Madison, Wis.), Jimmy Joseph (New Hartford, N.Y.), Penny Greely (Green Bay, Wis.), David Palmer (Mashpee, Mass.), and Meghan Lino (East Falmouth, Mass.) finished 4-5 in the round robin for fifth place. They are coached by Steve Brown (Madison, Wis.) and Rusty Schieber (Portage, Wis.).

Host Russia (8-1) is the top seed for the semifinals on Saturday and will face No. 4 Great Britain (5-4). No. 2 Canada (7-2) will play No. 3 China (5-4) in the other semifinal matchup. Both games will take place at 9:30 a.m. MSK on Saturday. The semifinal winners will advance to the gold-medal game at 3:30 p.m. The losing sides will battle for the bronze medal, also at 3:30 on Saturday.

Live scores and standings can be found at http://sochi2014.curlingevents.com/paralympics. Follow the action on Twitter as well using hashtag #2014Paralympics. 

Draw 12 results: Russia 7, Slovakia 4; China 6, Great Britain 3; Sweden 13, Korea 3; Finland 12, Canada 1

Final round robin standings:
Russia 8-1*
Canada 7-2*
China 5-4*
Great Britain 5-4*
USA 4-5
Slovakia 4-5 
Sweden 4-5
Norway 3-6
Korea 3-6
Finland 2-7
*qualified for semifinals

The gold-medal game will be featured on tape delay (6:30 p.m. ET) on NBC Sports Network on Saturday. 2006 Olympic bronze medalist and 2014 national champion Pete Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) is part of the on-air team for NBC's coverage for the wheelchair curling competition. All wheelchair curling games will be streamed live at www.teamusa.org.  

Wheelchair curling was added to the Paralympic Winter Games as a medal sport in 2006. Canada has won gold in the inaugural event and again in 2010. The USA's highest finish to date is fourth (2010). 

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomAmpd, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Sitrin, and The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, BalancePlus, and is partnered with Hilton HHonors, United Airlines, RJM Licensing Inc., and CurlingZone.

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For more information: Terry Kolesar, press officer, Team USA, terry.kolesar@usacurl.org, +1-719-207-5083 (RUS mobile) or 608-338-9900 (U.S. mobile).

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