Defending champions open with big win

The home team didn’t disappoint in the opening round of action at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Saturday afternoon.

Canada’s defending Paralympic champions, led by Jim Armstrong, put on an impressive show en route to a 9-2 win over Great Britain’s Michael McCreadie rink in front of 2,459 fans at the Vancouver Olympic Centre.

Also posting wins in draw one were USA’s Augusto Perez, Switzerland’s Manfred Bolliger and Germany’s Jens Jaeger.

Perez, who also competed in the 2006 Paralympics in Torino, shrugged off a slow start to defeat Korea’s Haksung Kim rink, 9-6. Bolliger’s Swiss team scored a critical deuce to earn a 7-6 win over Sweden’s Jalle Jungnell. Germany scored a huge six-ender late in the game with Norway to take down the two-time world champions.

Germany, Korea and Japan are making their Paralympic debuts today. Ten teams are competing here, up from eight in 2006 in just the second time wheelchair curling will be contested as a medal sport at the Paralympics. Today’s attendance was 2,459.

Game scores:
USA 9, Korea 6; Canada 9, Great Britain 2; Germany 10, Norway 6;

Standings:
Canada 1-0
Germany 1-0
Switzerland 1-0
USA 1-0
Italy 0-0
Japan 0-0
Great Britain 0-1
Korea 0-1
Norway 0-1
Sweden 0-1