Thursday, March 31, 2011
USA lead Jaqui Kapinowski announces retirement
Team USA lead Jaqui Kapinowski has announced her retirement from wheelchair curling.
In an email sent to friends and supporters she said that though it was a very difficult decision, she had decided it was time for her to return the support of her husband over the past 20 years of a sports career covering wheelchair athletics and curling, by making a permanent move to their home in Florida.
"Please know how much I truly care for each of you, everyone has been so supportive over these years. Marc (Deperno), I owe you so much for getting me involved in this sport. It has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I want to end by thanking the USCA for their sponsorship & most of all the friends I made..... I'm truly sorry, I love you guys so much!"
Jaqui joined Team USA in 2007 and earned a bronze medal as lead at the 2008 World Championships. A performance drop-off at the 2011 Worlds was in part due to her difficulty in finding practice ice time. She maintains an interest in wheelchair marathons and rowing.
Her retirement opens the door for Wisconsin's Penny Greely, who was Team USA's 5th player at the 2011 Worlds.