Team USA edged for bronze in world wheelchair curling competition.
Patrick McDonald and Team USA lose to China in the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2013. Photo by Murrayphotos.
Team USA just missed taking a bronze medal at the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2013 in Sochi, Russia, in late February.
Led by Army veteran and Paralyzed Veterans of America member Patrick McDonald, the U.S. lost to China, 6–5, in the bronze-medal match. China scored twice in the eighth and final end to pull out the win.
“We came and we played, we trained really hard,” McDonald says. “After the fourth end break, they turned up the heat. They made it really difficult. The best team won.”
The U.S. opened the score in the first end, taking two points. The two teams traded single points over the next four ends. With the score 4–2 going into the sixth end, China got its break with an open hit for two to tie the game, 4–4.
Team USA only managed a single point in the seventh end. China kept the eighth end clean, and Haitao Wang had clear takeout on a U.S. shot stone to score two and win the game.
Joining McDonald on Team USA were David Palmer, Jimmy Joseph, Penny Greely and Meghan Lino.
For more information, visit wwhcc2013.curlingevents.com.
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