FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2018
2018 Paralympic Winter Games begin this weekend in South Korea
(GANGNEUNG, South Korea) – Team USA is focused and ready for this weekend’s start to the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
Led by Kirk Black (San Antonio, Texas), the Americans are seeking their first Paralympic medal when the round robin begins Saturday at the Gangneung Curling Centre in Gangneung, South Korea.
Black and his team of Steve Emt (Hebron, Conn.), Justin Marshall (Evansville, Wis.), Penny Greely (Green Bay, Wis.) and Meghan Lino (East Falmouth, Mass.) will compete against 11 other teams as the event expands from 10 to 12 countries. The opening ceremony will take place Friday night with the wheelchair curling action beginning Saturday at 2:35 p.m. KST as the Americans take on host Korea.
Black, 48, who lives in San Antonio, for part of the year and Madison, Wis., during the curling season to train, began curling just a few years ago but has quickly excelled. Marshall, 31, was a member of the last two world championship teams. Emt, Black and Marshall will all be making their Paralympic debuts.
Greely, 46, and Lino, 33, were part of Team USA at the 2014 Paralympics in Russia when the Americans finished fifth. Greely also was a member of the 2004 Paralympic sitting volleyball team that won bronze. The U.S. team is coached by Rusty Schieber (Portage, Wis.) and Tony Colacchio (East Falmouth, Mass.) with Marc Deperno (New Hartford, N.Y.) serving as team leader.
The U.S. team finished fifth in 2014, fourth in 2010, and seventh in 2006 when wheelchair curling debuted as a Paralympic medal sport.
To learn more about the U.S. team, you can check out their athletes bios at https://www.teamusa.org/usa-curling/2018-paralympic-team.
Round robin schedule (all times local KST):
Saturday, March 10:
2:35 p.m., USA vs. Korea
Sunday, March 11:
9:35 a.m., USA vs. Germany
7:35 p.m., USA vs. Sweden
Monday, March 12:
2:35 p.m., USA vs. Finland
7:35 p.m., USA vs. Neutral Paralympic Athletes
Tuesday, March 13:
2:35 p.m., USA vs. China
7:35 p.m., USA vs. Canada
Wednesday, March 14:
9:35 a.m., USA vs. Switzerland
2:35 p.m., USA vs. Great Britain
Thursday, March 15:
9:35 a.m., USA vs. Norway
7:35 p.m., USA vs. Slovakia
Friday, March 16:
9:35 a.m., tiebreaker games, if needed
3:35 p.m., semifinals
Saturday, March 17:
9:35 a.m., bronze-medal game
2:35 p.m., gold-medal game
TV and webstreaming:
All games will stream live at www.nbcsports.com and on the NBC Sports app with TV coverage on the Olympic Channel and NBCSN. A complete schedule is posted at https://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Features/2018/February/27/NBC-Announces-Commentators-For-2018-Paralympic-Winter-Games.
For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, email@example.com, 608-338-9900 (mobile).