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Canada Suffers First Loss of Paralympics

March 12, 2018

Sometimes it’s just not your game. Canada’s wheelchair curlers found that out the hard way this morning, suffering their first loss of the Paralympics to host South Korea. The Koreans scored three in the first, and shut down every Canadian attack after that, finishing with a final score of 7-5. “Korea was going well both with their hits and their draws,” said Marie Wright (Moose Jaw, Sask.), who is playing in her first Paralympics at the age of 57. “It felt like we’d get something set up, and then do one thing wrong, and they would capitalize.” Indeed, according to ...

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Canadian Paralympians Fight Back to Beat Sweden

Pyeongchang, Korea, 11/3/2018-Canada plays Sweden in Wheelchair curling during the 2018 Paralympic Games in PyeongChang. Photo Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee.
March 11, 2018

It wasn’t the start they wanted, but as the old saying goes, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”   Canada looked pretty shaky in the opening ends of their third game of the 2018 Paralympic Games. The wheelchair curling team just couldn’t get comfortable.   “We just weren’t making our shots,” said Dennis Thiessen (Sanford, Man.), playing in his second Paralympics. “We let it slip with a couple of mistakes. so they got the lead on us early.”   After giving up steals of one and three in the first two ends, the tide suddenly turned for ...

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Wheelchair Curlers Start Paralympics Perfect

March 10, 2018

If you were going to ask Canadian skip Mark Ideson who the favourites in wheelchair curling are at this year’s Paralympic Games, he’d tell you Norway won the world championship, and Russia won the two before that, and that the USA is playing really well lately. He certainly wouldn’t put Canada on the list, even though they’ve won the last three Paralympic gold medals. Based on Ideson’s modest prognosis, you’d expect for a Canada-Norway game to be lopsided. And it was, but not in the way his handicapping would suggest. Instead, Canada beat Norway 10-1 in six ends (they conceded ...

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Paralympic Curlers Strong Out of the Gate

Gangneung Curling Centre. The Paralympic Winter Games, PyeongChang, South Korea, Thursday 8th March 2018. Photo: Joel Marklund for OIS/IOC. Handout image supplied by OIS/IOC
March 10, 2018

The Canadian Wheelchair Curling team is treating the 2018 Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea like a marathon. It won’t be won or lost on day one, and it will take a consistent effort over the 11-game round robin to set them up for a sprint to the finish line. While there is still a lot of curling to be played, they couldn’t be happier with their results out of the gate. In their first game on this Paralympic marathon, Canada defeated Switzerland 8-0, with the Swiss conceding after the sixth end. “We’re pretty happy with that start,” said third ...

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Paralympic Blog: Getting Settled in Korea

Marie Wright pracitces in Korea while coach Wayne Kiel looks on. Photo by Brian Chick (Curling Canada)
March 8, 2018

Hello from South Korea, We’re just a day away from the Opening Ceremonies for the 2018 Paralympics. The wheelchair curling team (five athletes, and six support staff) have spent the last few days in Incheon (a suburb of Seoul) acclimating to the time difference, getting on the proper sleep cycles, and of course practicing. Five of us flew direct from Toronto, while the other six flew from Vancouver. Fortunately, the flights landed only an hour apart, and we were able to gather our bags, our gear, and find our transportation. One thing that should never be underestimated… travelling for any ...

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Paralympic Curlers Ready to Compete in Pyeongchang

March 8, 2018

In the three Paralympic Winter Games in which wheelchair curling has been a medal event, Canada has been perfect. Three times — In Torino, Vancouver, and Sochi — the Canadian team stood atop the podium at the end of the week, with gold medals placed around their necks. The quest for No. 4 begins Saturday as the 2018 Winter Paralympics get underway in Pyeongchang, although the team in the Maple Leaf jackets isn’t thinking of it that way. “Obviously, there’s a bit of pressure with a record like that,” said Mark Ideson, skip of this year’s team. “But if you’re ...

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Team Canada Pyeongchang 2018 Blog: Marc Kennedy

February 22, 2018

By Marc Kennedy (Team Canada men’s vice-skip) Most really good Canadian curlers at some point in their career have had the game be pretty cruel to them. They played great; we just didn’t quite have the extra-good today, and that’s the way it goes.

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Team Canada Pyeongchang 2018 Blog: Kevin Koe

February 21, 2018

By Kevin Koe (Team Canada men’s skip) We’re headed to the playoffs, and it’s a bit of relief and excitement, all at the same time.

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Team Canada Pyeongchang 2018 Blog: Rachel Homan

February 20, 2018

By Rachel Homan (Team Canada women’s skip) Obviously, this isn’t where we thought we’d be when we came to Pyeongchang. But I’ll also say I could not be prouder of our team for the way we kept battling here.

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Team Canada Pyeongchang 2018 Blog: Marc Kennedy

February 19, 2018

By Marc Kennedy (Team Canada men’s vice-skip) That was a big hug with Benny at the end of the game today against Japan.

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Team Canada Pyeongchang 2018 Blog: Lisa Weagle

February 18, 2018

By Lisa Weagle (Team Canada women’s lead) Even during our low moments here, we’ve never lost faith in each other.

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Team Canada Pyeongchang 2018 Blog: Joanne Courtney

February 18, 2018

By Joanne Courtney (Team Canada women’s second) We got an amazing phone call last night, and it really got us pumped up.

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Team Canada Pyeongchang 2018 Blog: John Dunn

February 17, 2018

By John Dunn (Team Canada coach) I’ve had the privilege of being at three Winter Olympics, including this one, and it never gets old.

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Team Canada Pyeongchang 2018 Blog: Emma Miskew

February 17, 2018

By Emma Miskew (Team Canada women’s vice-skip) We were very excited coming off the ice tonight, because we really felt like the team we expected to be at the Winter Olympics.

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Team Canada Pyeongchang 2018 Blog: Scott Pfeifer

February 17, 2018

By Scott Pfeifer (Team Canada alternate) After so many years of trying to qualify for the Olympics, it certainly is special to be here today.

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