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GB Paralympic curlers demand 'Cup final' mentality

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Defeat for GB Paralympic curlers

Great Britain's Paralympic wheelchair curling team have been told to treat every game "like a Cup final" having lost two crucial fixtures in Vancouver.

The team lost 4-7 to Korea and 7-8 to the United States, giving them a record of four defeats from five games.

"Every game now is like an FA Cup final," said GB skip Michael McCreadie, with four Paralympic group ties left.

"We need to bring our A game right through to the end of the competition and hopefully into a semi-final spot."

GB, the Turin silver medallists, started poorly against Korea, conceding in each of the first three ends.

They steadied the ship and were three down with one end left but were unable to make any further impact.

Paralympic curler Aileen Neilson's video profile

Against the US, the British team staged a comeback from 5-0 down to force extra ends, but American skip Augusto Perez secured victory with the hammer.

In the other curling games, defending champions Canada lost their unbeaten record with an 8-4 defeat to previously struggling Sweden, Switzerland beat Germany 9-3 and Norway beat Korea 9-6.

At the skiing events in Whistler, Canada won their first gold medals with victories for visually impaired athlete Brian McKeever in the 20km cross-country competition and amputee skier Lauren Woolstencroft in the women's standing slalom.

McKeever's gold came less than a month after he lost his bid to compete in the Olympics following a last-minute decision by Canadian coaches to leave him out of the 50km competition.

The 30-year-old had won a place on the Olympic team by winning a 50km race for able-bodied skiers in January.

His brother Robin is his guide on the course during the Paralympic races.

Woolstencroft, who was born missing her left arm below the elbow as well as both legs below the knee, claimed her fourth career Paralympic gold, beating Germany's Andrea Rothfuss by six-and-a-half seconds.

On Tuesday, the curlers face Germany while all seven of the GB ski team will take part in the giant slalom - Sean Rose, Russell Docker, Tim Farr and Talan Skeels-Piggins in the men's seated category, Jane Sowerby and Anna Turney in the women's seated and Kelly Gallagher and guide Clare Robb in the visually-impaired event.

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Gallagher added to Vancouver team
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Team GB ready for Paralympics
11 Mar 10 |  Disability Sport

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