By Jim Force | Special to Wausau Pilot & Review
The USA Wheelchair Curling team sits at 4-4 and still in the medal hunt after winning two and losing one in Paralympic Wheelchair Curling competition yesterday and this morning.
The outlook wasn’t exactly promising after the team was rocked 10-2 by the home team China early Tuesday morning (our time), in a game called after six ends. But they turned things around this morning, shooting more precisely and gaining victories over Switzerland (8-5) and Latvia (8-7).
Against Switzerland, Weston’s Matt Thums delivered a perfect high guard on his last shot to prevent the Swiss team from outscoring the US, preserving the win.
Against Latvia, the US had to fight off several challenges during the match. They scored four in the fourth end, then limited the Latvians to a single point in the last two ends.
The critical game for Thums and the US comes tonight when they take on Sweden at 7:30 p.m. At 6-2, the Swedes are tied for the lead with China. Canada and Slovakia each have three losses. The US is tied for fifth with Korea and Latvia.
Team USA’s final round robin game will be early tomorrow morning against Korea.
Semi-final games and the bronze medal games are Friday. The gold medal game is Saturday.
Thums is joined on Team USA by Dave Samsa of Green Bay, Pam Wilson of Denver, Batoyun Uranchimeg of the Twin Cities, and Steve Emt of Connecticut.
Games can be seen live on the Olympic Channel an Peacock.