Team USA finishes fifth in wheelchair curling at Paralympic Winter Games
Patrick McDonald led Team USA to a fifth place finish at the Sochi 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.
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.