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Team Canada chases third straight Paralympics gold in Sochi

Thursday, 6 March 2014 - Posted by Canadian Curling Association

SOCHI, Russia — Already the site this year of two gold-medal performances by Maple Leaf-clad teams, the Canadian wheelchair team will open play on Saturday at the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi in pursuit of a third consecutive Paralympic Winter Games gold medal.

Canada's team for the Paralympic Winter Games, from left, front, skip Jim Armstrong, vice-skip Dennis Thiessen, second Ina Forrest, lead Sonja Gaudet, alternate Mark Ideson. Back row, team leader Wendy Morgan, assistant coach Wayne Kiel, head coach Joe Rea. (Photo, World Curling Federation)

Canada’s team for the Paralympic Winter Games, from left, front, skip Jim Armstrong, vice-skip Dennis Thiessen, second Ina Forrest, lead Sonja Gaudet, alternate Mark Ideson. Back row, team leader Wendy Morgan, assistant coach Wayne Kiel, head coach Joe Rea. (Photo, World Curling Federation)

Team Canada — featuring skip Jim Armstrong (Cambridge, Ont.), third Dennis Thiessen (Sanford, Man.), second Ina Forrest (Armstrong, B.C.), lead Sonja Gaudet (Vernon, B.C.), alternate Mark Ideson (London, Ont.), coach Joe Rea (Prince George, B.C.), assistant coach Wayne Kiel (Earl Grey, Sask.) and team leader Wendy Morgan (Burlington, Ont.) — will take on Great Britain’s Aileen Neilson in its opening game Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Sochi time (12:30 a.m. Eastern).

Team Canada has prevailed every time wheelchair curling has been contested at the Paralympics, beginning with Chris Daw’s 2006 triumph in Torino, Italy, and followed by Armstrong claiming gold four years later in Vancouver.

Gaudet was a member of both of those teams, and will be pursuing an unprecedented third Paralympics gold medal.

The Canadian lineup has had success previously in Sochi, having won the World Wheelchair Championship a year ago at the Ice Cube. It was the test event for the 2014 Paralympics.

The curling competition will be played in the same building where Canada’s Brad Jacobs and Jennifer Jones won gold medals during the Winter Olympics, and also will feature the same format — a 10-team round-robin draw, leading to a four-team playoff, with the first- and fourth-place teams meeting in one semifinal and the second- and third-place teams meeting in the other semi.

The semifinals and medal games are scheduled for March 15.

Here is Canada’s round-robin schedule (all times Eastern). Games will be streamed live at paralympic.ca/live-stream

March 8, 12:30 a.m. — Canada vs. Great Britain (Aileen Neilson)
March 8, 6:30 a.m. — Canada vs. Russia (Andrey Smirnov)
March 9, 6:30 a.m. — Canada vs. Sweden (Jalle Jungnell)
March 10, 12:30 a.m. — Canada vs. U.S. (Patrick McDonald)
March 10, 6:30 a.m. — Canada. vs. Norway (Rune Lorentsen)
March 11, 6:30 a.m. — Canada vs. China (Wang Haitao)
March 12, 12:30 a.m. — Canada vs. South Korea (Myung-Jin Kim)
March 13, 12:30 a.m. — Canada vs. Slovakia (Radoslav Duriš)
March 13, 6:30 a.m. — Canada. vs. Finland (Markku Karjalainen)

Live scoring during the Paralympics will be available at: sochi2014.curlingevents.com/

You can follow Team Canada at the Paralympics on www.curling.ca, with updates following each game. As well, go to www.paralympic.ca for updates on the whole Canadian team in Sochi.

As well, you can follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/ccacurling.



About Canadian Curling Association
The Canadian Curling Association (CCA) is the national sport governing body responsible for the development, promotion and organization of curling in Canada. In cooperation with its Provincial and Territorial Member Associations from across Canada, the CCA provides programs and services to curlers ranging from the youngest ‘little rocker’ (age 7 and up), to those participating at ages 70 and over – and from aspiring Olympians to Canadians with special needs, coaches, curling facility operators, ice makers and officials. The CCA also oversees and provides the comprehensive management of the Season of Champions event portfolio; develops and administers the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) for Olympic qualification; and organizes and operates the championship system for Juniors (under 20), Seniors (over 50), Mixed, Women, Men, University and Wheelchair.

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