Wheelchair curling at the 2006 Winter Paralympics

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Wheelchair curling
at the IX Paralympic Winter Games
Wheelchair curling - Paralympic pictogram.png
Venue Pinerolo Palaghiaccio
Competitors 8 teams from 8 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    Canada
Silver medal    Great Britain
Bronze medal    Sweden
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Wheelchair curling at the 2006 Winter Paralympics was played at the Pinerolo Palaghiaccio, in Pinerolo, 30 km southwest of Turin. Wheelchair curling was making its first appearance at the Paralympic Games and took the form of a mixed team event, open to athletes with a physical disability in the lower part of the body that required the everyday use of a wheelchair.

Teams from eight nations, each containing five athletes, entered with four teams advancing from a group stage to a knockout round. Canada won the sport's first Paralympic gold medal beating Great Britain in the final. Sweden won the bronze medal.[1]

Medalists[edit]

Medal Team
1st  Canada (Chris Daw, Gerry Austgarden, Gary Cormack, Sonja Gaudet, Karen Blachford)
2nd  United Kingdom (Frank Duffy, Michael McCreadie, Tom Killin, Angie Malone, Ken Dickson)
3rd  Sweden (Jalle Jungnell, Glenn Ikonen, Rolf Johansson, Anette Wilhelm, Bernt Sjoeberg)

Preview[edit]

Wheelchair curling is played according to the rules of the World Curling Federation, the only modification is that there is no sweeping and stones may be played by hand while leaning over the side of the wheelchair, or pushed by a delivery stick. To be allowed to compete athletes must have a physical disability in the lower part of the body that required the everyday use of a wheelchair .Teams are mixed but must contain at least one member of each sex.[2] Wheelchair curling was first introduced in Switzerland in 2000 and the first World Championships were held in the same country in 2002. It is governed by the World Curling Federation (WCF); as of 2009, 24 of the WCF's member associations were involved in the sport.[3]

This was the first appearance of the sport at the Paralympic Games; the International Paralympic Committee had granted official medal status to mixed gender wheelchair Curling in March 2002. The organising committee of the Turin Games in 2006 agreed to include wheelchair curling in their programme.[4]

The British team, competing as Scotland and made up of Frank Duffy, Ken Dickson, Tom Killin, Angie Malone and Michael McCreadie had won the gold medal at the World Championships in January 2005 in Glasgow; Denmark and Switzerland won the silver and bronze medals. Britain had also won the 2004 World Championships, and were considered favourites for a medal.[5][6][7]

Event summary[edit]

Eight teams competed and the format was a round-robin tournament; each nation played all others in a group stage with the top four qualifying for medal playoffs. Canada topped the group, Great Britain finished second and Sweden finished third, all three qualifying for the semifinals. Denmark and Norway finished joint fourth and faced each other in a tie-breaker match to decide who took the final position in the semifinals; Norway beat Denmark 4-3 to advance.

The semifinals saw first seeds Canada play Norway and Great Britain face Sweden. Canada beat Norway 5-4 and Great Britain stole three in the 1st end of their game, going on to win 7-3 win. Sweden only managed to curl 35% as a team, with skip Jalle Jungnell struggling at 23% for the game. Sweden and Norway met in the bronze medal match, the Swedes won 10-3.

In the final Great Britain faced Canada. Trailing 6–3 in the final end British skip Frank Duffy had an opportunity with the last stone of the tournament for an open hit of a Canadian stone that would have scored four for Britain and won them the gold medal. He threw too hard and the shot tracked an inch wide allowing Canada to score one and win 7-4.[8]

Teams[edit]

The following athletes represented their nations in the 2006 Paralympic wheelchair curling tournament;[8]

Team Roster
Skip Third Second Lead Alternate
Great Britain Frank Duffy Michael McCreadie Tom Killin Angie Malone Ken Dickson
Switzerland Urs Bucher Manfred Bolliger Cesare Cassani Madeleine Wildi Erwin Lauper
Denmark Kenneth Ørbæk Rosita Jensen Jørn Kristensen Sussie Pedersen Bjarne Jensen
Canada Chris Daw Gerry Austgarden Gary Cormack Sonja Gaudet Karen Blachford
Sweden Jalle Jungnell Glenn Ikonen Rolf Johansson Anette Wilhelm Bernt Sjoeberg
United States James Joseph Augusto Perez Jim Pierce Danell Libby Wes Smith
Italy Egidio Marchese Andrea Tabanelli Pierino Gaspard Rita Dal Monte Emanuele Spelorzi
Norway Rune Lorentsen Geir Arne Skogstad Paul Aksel Johansen Lene Tystad Trine Fissum

Results[edit]

Group[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Qualified for the Medal Round
Rank Competitor MP W L Points   CAN GBR NOR SWE DEN SUI USA ITA
1 Canada 7 5 2 38:29 x 7:6 7:6 4:5 6:3 5:1 4:5 5:3
2 Great Britain 7 4 3 40:30 6:7 x 6:7 7:2 5:3 3:4 5:2 8:5
3 Norway 7 4 3 44:37 6:7 7:6 x 4:7 3:7 5:4 10:3 9:3
4 Sweden 7 4 3 36:34 5:4 2:7 7:4 x 10:2 5:6 6:4 1:7
5 Denmark 7 4 3 34:34 3:6 3:5 7:3 2:10 x 8:2 6:4 5:4
6 Switzerland 7 3 4 33:32 1:5 4:3 4:5 6:5 2:8 x 2:6 14:0
7 United States 7 2 5 25:39 5:4 2:5 3:10 4:6 4:6 6:2 x 1:6
8 Italy 7 2 5 28:43 3:5 5:8 3:9 7:1 4:5 0:14 6:1 x

Sessions[edit]

Session 1[9]

12 March, 11:00

Draw 1 - Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Great Britain (Duffy) 1 0 0 0 1 1 3
Switzerland (Bucher) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 1 2 0 0 4
Draw 1 - Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Denmark (Ørbæk) 1 0 2 0 0 0 3
Canada (Daw) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 1 3 1 6
Draw 1 - Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Sweden (Jungnell) 1 2 2 0 1 0 6
United States (Joseph) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 0 2 0 2 4
Draw 1 - Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Italy (Marchese) 0 1 0 0 2 0 3
Norway (Lorentsen) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 3 3 0 2 9
Session 2

12 March, 16:00

Draw 2 - Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
United States (Joseph) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 3 0 0 0 0 3
Norway (Lorentsen) 2 0 2 2 2 2 10
Draw 2 - Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Sweden (Jungnell) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Italy (Marchese) 2 1 0 2 1 1 7
Draw 2 - Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Switzerland (Bucher) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Canada (Daw) 0 1 1 0 1 2 5
Draw 2 - Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Great Britain (Duffy) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 3 1 1 0 0 0 5
Denmark (Ørbæk) 0 0 0 1 1 1 3
Session 3

13 March, 11:00

Draw 3 - Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Sweden (Jungnell) 0 0 0 2 2 1 5
Canada (Daw) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 1 1 0 0 0 4
Draw 3 - Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Great Britain (Duffy) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 3 0 1 0 0 2 6
Norway (Lorentsen) 0 4 0 1 2 0 7
Draw 3 - Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Italy (Marchese) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 1 0 0 0 2 4
Denmark (Ørbæk) 0 0 2 1 2 0 5
Draw 3 - Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Switzerland (Bucher) 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
United States (Joseph) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 1 1 0 3 0 6
Session 4

13 March, 16:00

Draw 4 - Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Denmark (Ørbæk) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 2 1 0 2 6
United States (Joseph) 2 0 0 0 2 0 4
Draw 4 - Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Italy (Marchese) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Switzerland (Bucher) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 6 1 1 3 1 2 14
Draw 4 - Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Great Britain (Duffy) 2 1 1 2 0 1 7
Sweden (Jungnell) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Draw 4 - Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Norway (Lorentsen) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 2 3 0 1 0 6
Canada (Daw) 3 0 0 3 0 1 7
Session 5

14 March, 11:00

Draw 5 - Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Italy (Marchese) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 3 1 0 0 0 1 5
Great Britain (Duffy) 0 0 5 2 1 0 8
Draw 5 - Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Canada (Daw) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 0 2 1 4
United States (Joseph) 1 0 0 4 0 0 5
Draw 5 - Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Denmark (Ørbæk) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 4 1 1 0 7
Norway (Lorentsen) 0 2 0 0 0 1 3
Draw 5 - Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Sweden (Jungnell) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 1 2 1 0 5
Switzerland (Bucher) 2 0 0 0 0 4 6
Session 6

14 March, 16:00

Draw 6 - Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Switzerland (Bucher) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
Denmark (Ørbæk) 1 3 2 0 2 0 8
Draw 6 - Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Norway (Lorentsen) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 0 2 0 2 4
Sweden (Jungnell) 1 2 1 0 3 0 7
Draw 6 - Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 EE Final
Canada (Daw) 0 4 0 1 0 1 1 7
Great Britain (Duffy) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 6
Draw 6 - Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
United States (Joseph) 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Italy (Marchese) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 1 0 1 1 2 6
Session 7

15 March, 11:00

Draw 7 - Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Canada (Daw) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 1 1 0 0 1 5
Italy (Marchese) 0 0 0 2 1 0 3
Draw 7 - Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
United States (Joseph) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Great Britain (Duffy) 1 1 0 1 1 1 5
Draw 7 - Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Norway (Lorentsen) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 0 1 0 2 5
Switzerland (Bucher) 0 2 1 0 1 0 4
Draw 7 - Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Denmark (Ørbæk) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Sweden (Jungnell) 1 2 0 5 1 1 10
Tie-breaker

15 March, 16:00

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Norway (Lorentsen) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 1 1 0 2 4
Denmark (Ørbæk) 1 1 0 0 1 0 3

Medal round[edit]

  Semifinal                    
  2   Great Britain (GBR) 7  
  3   Sweden (SWE) 3   Gold medal final
      SF2   Canada (CAN) 7
  Semifinal   SF1   Great Britain (GBR) 4
  1   Canada (CAN) 5
  TB1   Norway (NOR) 4   Bronze medal match
    SF2   Sweden (SWE) 10
    SF1   Norway (NOR) 2

Sessions[edit]

Semifinals

17 March, 11:00

Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Canada (Daw) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 1 0 2 1 5
Norway (Lorentsen) 1 0 0 3 0 0 4
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Great Britain (Duffy) 3 0 1 0 2 1 7
Sweden (Jungnell) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 2 0 0 3
Bronze Medal Game

17 March, 16:00

Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Sweden (Jungnell) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 3 0 0 2 3 10
Norway (Lorentsen) 0 0 1 1 0 0 2
Gold Medal Game

18 March, 11:00

Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Canada (Daw) Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 1 0 3 1 7
Great Britain (Duffy) 0 3 0 1 0 0 4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Curling at the Paralympics". World Curling Federation. Retrieved 22 April 2002. 
  2. ^ "Sport Profiles, Wheelchair Curling". Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 13 April 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Wheelchair Curling on the Paralympic Winter Stage" (PDF). World Curling Federation. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "About Wheelchair Curling". World Curling Federation. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  5. ^ British Paralympic Committee (30 October 2005). "GB announces strong curling team for Winter Paralympic Games". British Wheelchair Curling Association. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  6. ^ Doug Gillon (28 February 2006). "Ready, willing and able quintet curling for gold Scottish rink are GB's strongest medal contenders at Paralympics, says Doug Gillon". The Herald. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Turin welcomes Winter Paralympics". BBC Sport. 10 March 2006. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Canada take GOLD at Torino Paralympics". wheelchaircurling.com. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "Schedules and Results - Wheelchair Curling". Torino 2006 Paralympic Games. Archived from the original on 29 August 2006. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 

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