Paralympic Winter Games
9-18 March

PyeongChang 2018 Sport Week: Wheelchair curling Head-to-Head

Norway and Great Britain could put on thrilling show at Gangneung Curling Centre 14 Feb 2018
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Aileen Neilson (L) and Rune Lorentsen will be key players when Great Britain and Norway go head to head

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By IPC

The last time Norway and Great Britain met was almost a year ago at the Gangneung Curling Centre in South Korea.

The two wheelchair curling teams will return to the same venue in less than a month. This time, it is not for the World Championship title, but rather the Paralympic title.

Norway had defeated Scotland – who will compete as Great Britain at PyeongChang 2018 – in the semifinals of the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2017. The Championships also served as the Games’ Test Event, giving athletes a taste of what to expect.

Scotland beat China to claim the bronze medal, signifying their quick growth since climbing out of the Worlds B-Pool and into the A-Pool.

Norway went on take the gold medal and now start the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games as favourites.

The two teams will meet on the first day of competition (10 March).

HEAD TO HEAD

Paralympic Games medals

Great Britain: 1 silver (Torino 2006), 1 bronze (Sochi 2014)

Norway: 0

Finals head-to-heads: 0

World Championships A-Pool medals

Great Britain: 2 golds (2005, 2004), 1 silver (2011), 3 bronze (2017, 2007, 2002)

Norway: 3 golds (2017, 2008, 2007), 1 silver (2016), 1 bronze (2011)

Finals head-to-heads: 0

Key players

Great Britain: Aileen Neilson was tabbed skip of the Paralympic team, returning to her third Games and also holds eight World Championships appearances.

Norway: Rune Lorentsen skipped Norway to a big victory over Russia at the 2017 Worlds. He has gone to every Paralympics since Torino 2006 but lacks a medal.

 

The Paralympic Winter Games take place in PyeongChang, South Korea from 9-18 March. Tickets can be purchased here.