Yesterday in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, the United States named the US team for the 2015 World Wheelchair Curling Championship scheduled to get underway on February 6 in at the Kisakallio Sports Institute in Lohja, Finland. The team includes Patrick McDonald, James Joseph, Penny Greely, Meghan Lino, and Steven Emt. The United States team should be looking to make a breakthrough on the elite level.
McDonald, a Madison, Wisconsin native, is a returning member to the team having competed at and skipper the American team the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Russia. He also competed at the 2010 Games in Vancouver.
Joseph is another returning member of the team. He served as the second for the team at the Sochi Games, and was a member of the 2006 and 2010 Paralympic team. He hales from New Hartford, New York.
Originally a sitting volleyball player who won a bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Parlympics, Greely rejoins the team after having competed and served as the lead at the 2014 Games. She is the other Wisconsin native on the team, coming from Green Bay.
Lino, a Cape Code native from East Falmouth, Massachusetts, took up the sport in 2009, and was an alternate in the US team in Sochi. Emt is the only member of the team who was not part of their Sochi campaign. He is from Andover, Connecticut.
The team has missed out on the medals at the Paralympic Games since the sport was introduced on the program. The United States will meet Canada, China, Finland, Germany, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia and Sweden at the world championships in Finland. They are working to improve on their best ever finish in the competition, bronze which they won in 2008.