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Madison natives nominated for 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Russia

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Courtesy: U.S. Paralympics Courtesy: U.S. Paralympics

MADISON (WKOW) -- The United States has never medalled in wheelchair curling at the Paralympic Winter Games, but that all could change at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Russia.

Two members of the team are from the Madison area.

Wheelchair curling is open to male and female athletes. The athletes have a physical disability in the lower half of their body. This may include spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy or a double leg amputation. Each five-member team at the Paralympic Winter Games must have one male and one female representative.

Patrick McDonald and Steve Brown, both from Madison, are part of the nomination team.

McDonald, a U.S. Army veteran, lost the use of his legs in 1991 when the armored personnel carrier he was riding in rolled on the way back from patrol in Korea. A life-long athlete, he turned to sport for rehabilitation. McDonald began curling in 2007. He competed at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, where Team USA was fourth, and three World Curling Federation World Wheelchair Championships.

McDonald became the Team USA skip in 2012.

Steve Brown coaches the U.S. Curling Paralympic team. Steve's wife, Diane, and children Erika and Craig all curl.  The "First Family of Curling" in the United States has competed in over 50 national and international championships. Click here for more information.

Click here for more information about the U.S. Paralympics Curling team.

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