Wheelchair curling at the 2006 Winter Paralympics

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.

Wheelchair curling
at the IX Paralympic Winter Games
Wheelchair curling - Paralympic pictogram.svg
VenuePinerolo Palaghiaccio
Competitors8 teams from 8 nations
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s)  Canada
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Great Britain
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Sweden
2010

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]

MedalistsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Mixed   Canada (CAN)
Chris Daw
Gerry Austgarden
Gary Cormack
Sonja Gaudet
Karen Blachford
  Great Britain (GBR)
Frank Duffy
Michael McCreadie
Tom Killin
Angie Malone
Ken Dickson
  Sweden (SWE)
Jalle Jungnell
Glenn Ikonen
Rolf Johansson
Anette Wilhelm
Bernt Sjöberg

PreviewEdit

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 summaryEdit

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 semi-finals. Denmark and Norway finished joint fourth and faced each other in a tie-breaker match to decide who took the final position in the semi-finals; Norway beat Denmark 4–3 to advance.

The semi-finals 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]

TeamsEdit

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

Team Roster
Skip Third Second Lead Alternate Coach
  Canada Chris Daw Gerry Austgarden Gary Cormack Sonja Gaudet Karen Blachford Joe Rea
  Denmark Kenneth Ørbæk Rosita Jensen Jørn Kristensen Sussie Pedersen Bjarne Jensen
  Great Britain Frank Duffy Michael McCreadie Tom Killin Angie Malone Ken Dickson Tom Pendreigh
  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
  Sweden Jalle Jungnell Glenn Ikonen Rolf Johansson Anette Wilhelm Bernt Sjöberg Olle Brudsten,
Thomas Wilhelm
  Switzerland Urs Bucher Manfred Bolliger Cesare Cassani Madeleine Wildi Erwin Lauper
  United States James Pierce James Joseph Wes Smith Danell Libby Augusto Perez

Round robin standingsEdit

Final round robin standings[9]

Key
Teams to playoffs
Teams to tiebreaker
Country Skip W L PF PA
  Canada Chris Daw 5 2 38 29
  Great Britain Frank Duffy 4 3 40 30
  Sweden Jalle Jungnell 4 3 36 34
  Denmark Kenneth Ørbæk 4 3 34 34
  Norway Rune Lorentsen 4 3 44 37
  Switzerland Urs Bucher 3 4 33 32
  Italy Egidio Marchese 2 5 28 43
  United States James Joseph 2 5 25 39

Round robin resultsEdit

All times are local (UTC+1).[10]

Summary
Team                 Record
  Canada 6–3 7–6 5–3 7–6 4–5 5–1 4–5 5–2
  Denmark 3–6 3–5 5–4 7–3 2–10 8–2 6–4 4–3
  Great Britain 6–7 5–3 8–5 6–7 7–2 3–4 5–2 4–3
  Italy 3–5 4–5 5–8 3–9 7–1 0–14 6–1 2–5
  Norway 6–7 3–7 7–6 9–3 4–7 5–4 10–3 4–3
  Sweden 5–4 10–2 2–7 1–7 7–4 5–6 6–4 4–3
  Switzerland 1–5 2–8 4–3 14–0 4–5 6–5 2–6 3–4
  United States 5–4 4–6 2–5 1–6 3–10 4–6 6–2 2–5
Session 1

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)   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)   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)   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)   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)   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)   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)   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)   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)   2 1 1 0 0 0 4
Draw 3 - Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
  Great Britain (Duffy)   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)   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)   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)   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)   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)   0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Draw 4 - Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
  Norway (Lorentsen)   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)   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)   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)   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)   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)   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)   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)   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)   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)   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)   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)   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)   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)   0 0 1 1 0 2 4
  Denmark (Ørbæk) 1 1 0 0 1 0 3

Medal roundEdit

  Semifinal                    
  2   Great Britain (GBR) 7  
  3   Sweden (SWE) 3   Gold medal game
      2   Great Britain (GBR) 4
  Semifinal   1   Canada (CAN) 7
  1   Canada (CAN) 5
  4   Norway (NOR) 4   Bronze medal game
    3   Sweden (SWE) 10
    4   Norway (NOR) 2
Semi-finals

17 March, 11:00

Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
  Canada (Daw)   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)   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)   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)   2 0 1 0 3 1 7
  Great Britain (Duffy) 0 3 0 1 0 0 4

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

General
  • "Results Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games Wheelchair curling mixed". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
Specific
  1. ^ "Curling at the Paralympics". World Curling Federation. Retrieved 22 April 2002.
  2. ^ "Sport Profiles, Wheelchair Curling". Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 17 February 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  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. ^ "GB announces strong curling team for Winter Paralympic Games". British Paralympic Committee. 30 October 2005. 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. ^ "Wheelchair Curling – Competition summary" (PDF). Torino 2006 Paralympic Games. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 May 2006. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  10. ^ "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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