In the ongoing World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2017 at Gangneung, South Korea, USA have tumbled to 0-3.
Skipper Steve Emt and the Americans entered the annually held event, which determines the world’s best team in wheelchair curling in high hopes.
However, Emt ( Teacher) and teammates Kirk Black (military veteran), Jimmy Joseph, and Penny Greely (Caseworker with Brown County) lost both of their round robin matches to slip to 0-3 in the overall standings.
In the first matchup, the Americans took on three times world champions Andrey Smirnov’s Russia at the Gangneung Curling Centre. With a 6-3 lead entering into the final end, the U.S. missed a series of shots that allowed the defending champion Russia to drop granite freely into the rings as they produced four points for the win.
In the second round, U.S. team met arch rivals Canada, the three-time Paralympic champions. After allowing a steal in the opening end, Canada posted three points to take the lead. The U.S. held onto single points the rest of the game in an eventual 6-4 defeat.
The U.S. team coached by Steve Brown (Madison, Wis.) and Rusty Schieber (Portage, Wis.) will take on Finland (2-1) on Monday morning. The American team will be in a tight must-win situation for the remaining round robin games after the rough start to the championship.