Did you know that curling is also a Paralympic sport? Amazing wheelchair athletes from around the world will also be heading to Sochi to compete in the coolest sport on Earth!
Today, USA Curling announced that 2010 Paralympian Patrick McDonald (Madison, Wis.) and his 2014 U.S. Paralympic Team have been nominated to compete in Sochi from March 7-16, 2014. McDonald’s team will include David Palmer (Mashpee, Mass.), Jimmy Joseph (New Hartford, N.Y.), Penny Greely (Green Bay, Wis.), and Meghan Lino (East Falmouth, Mass.). The nominations are subject to approval of the United States Olympic Committee.
The U.S. team was very close to winning a medal at the 2010 Paralympics which has only increased their determination for success this time around. Canada has won gold at the past two Paralympic Winter Games.
Round Robin play begins on March 8, 2013 with the U.S. team facing off against Canada, China, Finland, Great Britain, Korea, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, and Sweden. The top four teams will advance to the semifinals.
Interested in watching the action? NBC and NBC Sports Network will be airing 50 hours of television coverage of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. This unprecedented attention will be complimented by the live online coverage at TeamUSA.org.
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