USA Wheelchair Curling Team Finishes Fifth at Paralympic Games
Dave Samsa competes in wheelchair curling during the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games on March 10, 2022 in Beijing.
Against South Korea, the US fell behind early before tying it 3-3 in the fourth end. The two teams traded points in the fifth and sixth ends before the US scored two in the final end to win the match by one point.
For David Samsa, Oyuna Uranchimeg, Matt Thums and Wilson, it all marked the conclusion of their first Paralympic Winter Games experience, an experience they all said they would treasure for years to come.
“I’m happy to be a Paralympian for the first time, because four years ago I couldn’t see myself here,” Samsa said. “Our team rallied pretty well, even after losses, and finished on a high note.”
After a disappointing 12th place finish four years ago at the PyeongChang Games, the fifth-place finish is among the team’s best since wheelchair curling debuted at the Games in 2006. The team was expected to earn a last-ditch berth for Beijing 2022 after missing the 2020 World Championships. In 2021, he won the World-B Championship, the United States’ first wheelchair curling gold of any kind, before finishing fourth at the championships of the world.
“I’ve been curling since 2012 and have been fighting to be on a team for eight years,” Thums said. “It was difficult to get here – we did very well at the world championships last year – I would have liked to have a few ends in a few games to go for a medal. But this team worked really hard, and I’m really proud of them.
America’s wheelchair curlers said they would use their final days in Beijing to soak up the Athletes’ Village experience and cheer on their compatriots in sledge hockey.
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