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Team Canada wins wheelchair curling gold at Winter Paralympics

Dennis Thiessen and Jim Armstrong
Dennis Thiessen and Jim Armstrong
Hannah Peters, Getty Images

For the third consecutive Paralympic Winter Games on Saturday, team Canada are the gold medal winners in wheelchair curling.

In the gold medal game at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, team Canada trounced Russia 8-3 in the championship final. The Canadian team of skip Jim Armstrong of Vancouver, British Columbia, third Ina Forrest of Fort St. John, British Columbia, second Dennis Thiessen of Winnipeg, Manitoba and lead Sonja Gaudet of Vancouver, British Columbia scored eight unanswered points from the second to sixth ends.

The Canadians curled 80% as a team, and constantly made life difficult for the entire Russian team who made constant mistakes.

The Canadians also did not panic after falling behind 2-0 in the early going and played the game with great confidence.

Another Canadian team that came away with a medal on Saturday were the sledge hockey players. Canada beat Norway 3-0 to win the bronze medal. Billy Bridges scored twice and Corbin Watson made 10 saves for the shutout. Norway beat Canada in the bronze medal game at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

Team Canada now has five gold medals, two silver medals and seven bronze medals for 14 medals overall. They sit in fourth place in the overall medal standings behind Russia, Ukraine and the United States.

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