Tag Archives: wheelchair curling

Tag Archives: wheelchair curling

Canada on the wrong side of the inch vs. Great Britain

Canada didn't have an answer for Great Britain - Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 © WCF / Céline Stucki
March 12, 2018

Elite athletes live for the feeling of being in “the zone” – the sensation where your peak performance is on auto-pilot, every result is perfect, and you can’t miss. For Canada’s wheelchair curlers, it must have felt like they were just a few inches outside of “the zone.” “You know, some days you’re one with the rock. Other days, it’s like your two completely different entities,” said Ina Forrest, who throws third on Canada’s Paralympic team. “We just didn’t have the zen of curling today.” Indeed, something seemed a little off as Canada dropped their second game of the day; ...

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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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Wheelchair curling champion Carolyn Lindner: Just getting started

May 25, 2017

When Manitoba skip Dennis Thiessen turned to his team to celebrate winning the gold medal at the 2017 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship earlier this month, he was met with an unexpected response from his lead: “I want to keep playing,” protested Carolyn Lindner, in her first season with the team. “I’m just finding my groove!”

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2017 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship begins Monday in Boucherville

April 21, 2017

The 14th Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship gets underway Monday in Boucherville, Que., at the Club de curling Boucherville in the Complexe sportif Duval Auto. It marks the third time in the last four years that the city has hosted the event.

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Canadian wheelchair curling team takes aim at world gold

March 2, 2017

Team Canada’s wheelchair curlers won’t be just seeking a world championship, but they’ll also be getting the lay of the land when they play at the 2017 World Wheelchair Curling Championship, beginning on Friday (Eastern time).

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Canadian wheelchair curling team announced for 2017 world championship

January 16, 2017

Canada’s national wheelchair curling team will be aiming not only for a world championship gold medal, but also to get some 2018 Paralympic Winter Games momentum when the 2017 World Wheelchair Curling Championship takes place in March.

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Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship returns to Boucherville, Que.

August 26, 2016

For the third time in four years, the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship will be contested in Boucherville, Que., it was announced today by Curling Canada.

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Team Canada opens Wheelchair Worlds on Sunday

February 19, 2016

A veteran-laden Canadian team will begin its quest for gold on Sunday in Lucerne, Switzerland, when the 2016 World Wheelchair Curling Championship gets underway.

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Wheelchair curling national team set for world championship

December 22, 2015

Canada’s world-No. 1-ranked wheelchair curling program will begin its push to the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games with a familiar lineup, albeit with an eye on the future, it was announced today by Curling Canada.

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Regina named to host 2016 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship

August 20, 2015

Curl Regina will play host to the 2016 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship, it was announced today by Curling Canada.

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