By Jim Force | Special to Wausau Pilot & Review

A dramatic last-stone victory over Norway today kept Team USA’s wheelchair curling hopes alive at the Beijing Paralympics.

Steve Emt drew his last shot into the scoring area, and Norway’s final shot failed to remove enough USA rocks, leaving two in. That gave USA a 6-5 win and left them with a 2-3 record for the tournament and still in contention for a medal. 

The win was a boost for the Americans who started slowly, losing to Slovakia and Great Britain over the weekend before besting Latvia 9-6 in the third match of the Round Robin.

Last night, playing in prime time at 7:30, they lost to Canada, 7-4.

Emt is joined on Team USA by Dave Samsa of Green Bay, Pam Wilson of Denver, Batoyun Uranchimeg of the Twin Cities, and our own Matt Thums of Weston.

It doesn’t get any easier. Team USA plays defending world champion China tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., Beijing time (5:35 a.m. our time).

Games can be seen live on the Olympic Channel and Peacock.