Meet the teams competing at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022

Polina Rozkova © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

The wheelchair curling competition at the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 will be taking place from Saturday 5 until Saturday 12 March.

11 teams from around the globe will compete for Paralympic medals in the Beijing National Aquatics Centre, also known as the Ice Cube.

To read the full event preview click here.

Canada

Canada’s team is skipped by Mark Ideson and has achieved significant success in the past years coming from winning the Wheelchair-B Championship in 2019, to claiming silver at the World Championship in 2020. This team also won Paralympic bronze in 2018, with the exceptions of fourth player Jon Thurston and alternate Collinda Joseph. They finished fifth at the KUNTAI World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2021.

4 : Jon THURSTON

3 : Ina FORREST (Vice-Skip)

2 : Dennis THIESSEN

1 : Mark IDESON (Skip)

A : Collinda JOSEPH

Team Canada practising ahead of the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 competition © WCF / Jeffrey Au

China

The 2018 Paralympic and 2021 world champion Chinese team will be led by long-time skip Wang Haitao. He skipped the team at two Paralympic Games and nine World Championships, winning world gold in 2019 and 2021, the latter on home soil.

4 : WANG Haitao  (Skip)

3 :  CHEN Jianxin (Vice-Skip)

2 :  ZHANG Mingliang

1 : YAN Zhuo

A : SUN Yulong

Estonia

Estonia qualified for the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 by finishing eighth in 2019 and tenth in 2020 at the World Championships. This is going to be Estonia’s first appearance in wheelchair curling at the Paralympics.

4: Andrei KOITMAE (Skip)

3: Lauri MURASOV (Vice-Skip)

2: Mait MATAS

1: Katlin RIIDEBACH

A: Signe FALKENBERG

Team Estonia © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Korea

The Korean team consists of five Paralympic debutants. They made their first international appearance as a team at the KUNTAI World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2021, where they finished ninth.

4 : GO Seungnam (Skip)

3 : JANG Jaehyuk

2 : JUNG Sunghun

1 : BAEK Hyejin (Vice-Skip)

A : YOON Eungu

Team Korea © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

Latvia

This Latvian team had their breakthrough year from the Wheelchair-B event to the World Championship in 2018. Skip Polina Rozkova and her team finished with 5-6 records in both the 2019 and 2020 World Championship, while in 2021 they came eighth with a 4-7 record.

4 : Polina ROZKOVA (Skip)

3 : Sergejs DJACENKO

2 : Agris LASMANS

1 : Ojars BRIEDIS (Vice-Skip)

A : Aleksandrs DIMBOVSKIS

Latvia’s Sergejs Djacenko and Agris Lasmans © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

Norway

Jostein Stordahl will skip reigning Paralympic silver medallists in Beijing. Norway claimed world gold in 2017 with long time skip, Rune Lorensten, while they finished seventh at the last World Championship in October 2021 with a 5-6 record.

4 : Jostein STORDAHL (Skip)

3 : Ole Fredrik SYVERSEN (Vice-Skip)

2 : Geir Arne SKOGSTAD

1 : Sissel LOECHEN

A : Mia SVEBERG

Great Britain

Great Britain is led by Hugh Nibloe, who made his debut as skip on the international stage in 2020. Representing Scotland, he won world silver medal in 2019 (along with current teammate David Melrose) and world bronze in 2017 (having current teammate Gregor Ewan on the team).

4: Gregor EWAN (Vice-Skip)

3: Hugh NIBLOE (Skip)

2: David MELROSE

1: Meggan DAWSON-FARRELL

A: Gary SMITH

Team Great Britain © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Slovakia

Slovakia’s skip, Radoslav Duris, is taking part in his third Paralympic Games in Beijing. He has led his team nine times at world events. Slovakia finished sixth (2019), eighth (2020) and tenth (2021) at the last three World Championships.

4: Peter ZATKO (Vice-Skip)

3: Radoslav DURIS (Skip)

2: Dusan PITONAK

1: Monika KUNKELOVA

A: Alena KANOVA

Sweden

Sweden have made great progress lately, having earned silver medal at the Wheelchair-B Championship in 2019, a bronze at the 2020 World Championship and a silver at the KUNTAI World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2021. The team is skipped by Viljo Petersson-Dahl, who led the Swedish team at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics as well, finishing tenth.

4: Viljo PETERSSON-DAHL (Skip)

3: Ronny PERSSON

2: Mats-Ola ENGBORG

1: Kristina ULANDER (Vice-Skip)

A: Sabina JOHANSSON

Switzerland

Switzerland finished fifth, 11th and 12th in the 2019, 2020 and 2021 World Championships, respectively. With these results, they grabbed the second-last spot in the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 wheelchair curling field.

4: Hans BURGENER (Vice-Skip)

3: Laurent KNEUBUEHL (Skip)

2: Francoise JAQUEROD

1: Cynthia MATHEZ

A: Patrick DELACRETAZ

United States

United States won the Wheelchair-B Championship in April 2021 and came fourth at the KUNTAI World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2021. They are led by Matthew Thums who debuted on the world stage as skip in 2021. The team’s only member with Paralympic experience is Stephen Emt, who throws third stones, just as he did at the Paralympic Games in 2018.

4: Matthew THUMS (Skip)

3: Stephen EMT (Vice-Skip)

2: Dave SAMSA

1: Batoyun URANCHIMEG

A: Pamela WILSON

Team United States © WCF / Jeffrey Au

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Beijing, China

4 March 2022
Beijing 2022
Paralympic Winter Games