USA keeps improving but wins are hard to come by

By Terry L. Davis | March 13, 2018, 4:24 a.m. (ET)


March 13, 2018


China gets past USA in Paralympic round robin action


(GANGNEUNG, South Korea) – Team USA has improved with each round robin game but just aren’t getting the wins to prove it as China got past the Americans this afternoon at the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.


Kirk Black and the U.S. team played top-ranked Haitao Wang’s rink down to their last stone of the game but needed more weight on their freeze attempt to pressure China to make a shot for the win.


Black (San Antonio, Texas) and teammates Steve Emt (Hebron, Conn.), Justin Marshall (Evansville, Wis.), Penny Greely (Green Bay, Wis.), and Meghan Lino (East Falmouth, Mass.) are now 1-5 in the 11-game round robin and will likely have to win out to get a chance at the medal round.


The U.S. team turned in its best shooting output in trying to hand China a second loss but in the end, it was China that was rewarded with a 6-4 victory.


“We definitely have rallied and played a really good game. We have to be proud of that,” said Greely, who is playing in her second Winter Paralympics and third overall.


It was a back-and-forth game for eight ends with the momentum finally swinging in China’s favor in the eighth end when the curling Gods gave them a nod.


“We played our best,” Greely said. “They got that lucky wick to put that rock in the back four-foot and ‘What are you gonna do?’”


China could have blanked the first end but tried to split two stones in for a deuce instead. The result was just a tap for one point. The Americans got into a bit of trouble in the second end and had to draw for a single while facing three Chinese stones. In the third end, a really nice draw with Black’s last stone put the pressure on China to draw for a point. Their attempt was light and the Americans stole a point to take a modest 2-1 lead.


Greely set the fourth end up well for the U.S. by drawing behind her center guard into the top of the eight-foot, but the shot of the end was a double takeout with Black’s first skip stone. China was eventually forced to draw against three U.S. stones to grab a single. The U.S. played a tap in the fifth end to secure a point and take back the one-point lead.


China set up a deuce in the sixth end after taking advantage of a missed takeout from the U.S. and sealed it with a draw into the four-foot. The Americans would be forced to draw into the eight-foot for a single point in the eighth end to tie the game once again. Needing to steal, the U.S. got two nice guards up with Greely’s stones and placed Marshall’s first stone into the top of the four-foot to put the end in favor of the Americans. Several peel attempts later, China finally got the cluttered cleared with a successful double peel attempt and a bonus as one of their stones spun into the back four-foot for shot rock.

Emt’s takeout attempt moved the U.S. stone instead of the China rock but it was a productive miss as the U.S. now had the best positioning. However, China chipped it out with ease to lie two. Black’s hit and roll attempt was on target but again China was able to remove it. The Americans needed a perfect freeze to China’s stone in the four-foot with Black’s last throw of the game, but it came up well short of the rings as the Chinese improved to 6-1.

Team USA returns to the ice in just a few hours as they take on Canada (4-2) in a North American battle.


Line score:

USA       011 010 10 – 4

*China  100 102 02 – 6

*last stone in first end (hammer)


Other session scores: Sweden 9, Germany 5; Slovakia 6, Great Britain 5; Switzerland 10, Finland 7


Round robin standings:

China                  6-1

Korea                  5-1

Canada               4-2

Germany            4-2

Great Britain      4-2

NPA*                   3-3

Switzerland        3-3

Slovakia              3-4

Norway               2-4

Sweden              2-5

USA                     1-5

Finland               1-6

*Neutral Paralympic Athletes


TV and webstreaming:

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Round robin schedule (all times local KST):

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


USA round robin results:

Korea 7, USA 3

Germany 6, USA 4

USA 10, Sweden 2

Finland 8, USA 5

Neutral Paralympic Athletes 6, USA 4

China 6, USA 4


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