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    Sunday, January 9, 2011

    Penny Greely replaces injured Patrick McDonald on Team USA

    Penny Greely, interviewed by WBAY TV last September

    Penny Greely of Green Bay, Wisconsin, will replace California's Patrick McDonald on Team USA. Patrick announced he required shoulder surgery shortly after the USA selection camp last September, and would not be available for the 2011 Worlds in Prague.

    Greely is a high performance athlete who won bronze at the 2004 Athens Paralympics at sitting volleyball, but attendance at the selection camp, which was in her home town, was her first exposure to competitive wheelchair curling.

    Team leader Marc Deperno said: After a series of competitions and skill events, Penny Greely of Green Bay, Wisconsin has been selected as Patrick's replacement.  Penny is a newcomer to the sport having only curled since September 2010 but has shown tremendous energy and commitment to her training regimen.  We are excited to have Penny on board and are confident in her ability to assist Team USA with our goal of reaching the podium in Prague.
    You can watch a WBAY TV feature on Penny at this link. As we reported last September (before Patrick's announcement) it was the degree of difficulty that drew her more to the game.

    "I'm a really competitive person so this was right up my alley when I started playing."

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