USA unable to secure World Wheelchair Championship berth

By Terry L. Davis | Nov. 30, 2019, 12:31 p.m. (ET)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 30, 2019

 

USA unable to secure world championship berth

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA’s hopes of competing in the 2020 World Wheelchair Championship have been dashed after two more losses today at the World Wheelchair B Curling Championship in Lohja, Finland.

 

Hoping to earn one of three available spots to this Spring’s world championship event, Steve Emt and the Toyota USA Curling National Team have been, unfortunately, eliminated from playoff contention at Kisakallio Sports Institute.

 

Emt (Hebron, Conn.) and his team of Matthew Thums (Weston, Wis.), David Samsa (Suamico, Wis.), Meghan Lino (East Falmouth, Mass.), and alternate Pam Wilson (Westminster, Colo.) fell to Slovenia’s Robert Zerovnik earlier this morning by a 6-2 score. In the afternoon draw against England’s Rosemary Lenton, the result didn’t improve as the Americans lost, 8-2.

 

The U.S. team (1-5) will finish the competition tomorrow morning when they take on Hungary (1-5). Germany (5-1) and Slovenia (5-1) have secured playoff spots out of Group B while only Canada (4-1) has earned a berth in Group A so far. The U.S. team will have to wait until next year to try to re-qualify to the world championship and earn 2022 Paralympic Winter Games qualification points.

 

Line scores:

*USA                   100 000 1x – 2

England              013 112 0x – 8

 

USA                     001 010 0x – 2

*Slovenia           110 101 2x – 6

*last rock in first end

 

Standings, Group A:

Canada               4-1Q

Finland               3-2

Italy                     3-2

Sweden              3-2

Turkey                3-3

Japan                  2-3

Poland                0-5

 

Standings, Group B:

Germany            5-1Q

Slovenia              5-1Q

Czech Rep.         4-2

Denmark            3-3

England              3-3

Lithuania            2-4

Hungary             1-5

USA                     1-5

Q=qualified to playoffs

 

Live scores are posted at https://worldcurling.org/events/wwhbcc2019/.

 

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Brakebush, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Franklin Group, ISS (Ice, Sports & Solar), Sitrin, Thorne, Toyota, Traveler’s Choice, Twin Cities Orthopedics, and Volt, and is partnered with Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, Rock Solid Productions Inc., United Airlines, 12th End Sports Network, IHG, and CurlingZone.

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile).