Wheelchair Curling Preview
Team USA is looking to make its first trip to the podium at the Paralympic Winter Games 2018 PyeongChang where wheelchair curling will be contested for the fourth time as a medal sport. The number of competing teams in PyeongChang has been increased to 12 countries for the first time to allow more athletes to have an opportunity to compete. Team USA has already qualified for the 2018 Games after two solid performance at the 2015 and 2016 World Wheelchair Curling Championships. MORE

Kirk Black
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Olympic Experience: 2018 Paralympic hopeful
Full Bio
PyeongChang Preview
Kirk Black hasn't wasted any time turning heads since his national team debut during the 2016-17 season. A U.S. Army veteran, the 47-year-old was first discovered at a camp for military and quickly impressed national team coaches with his aim and precision. Since then, Black won his first national title and helped lead the team at the World Wheelchair Curling Championships in South Korea where he jumped into the role of skip for several games at his first major championships as Team USA finished fifth. Black was also a member of the gold medal-winning team at the Finnish International Open in 2017. A native of San Antonio, Black spends half his time in Texas and the other half in Wisconsin training with his national coaches and pursuing his dream for PyeongChang 2018.
About Kirk
Hobbies: Woodworking, hunting and archery.

Nickname: "Grandpa," which was given to me from my teammate, Justin Marshall.

First memory of wheelchair curling: I'm a U.S. Army veteran and learned about curling at the 2007 National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Milwaukee. This was my first time ever competing in a wheelchair, and being from the state of Texas, I was not familiar with curling. I returned home excited to find a club where I could continue learning the sport and was disappointed when I discovered there were no local clubs. I started searching for other sports that I could compete at a high level when I found archery. I competed in archery for three years with hopes of making the national team. In 2014, I attended the Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Aspen, Colorado, where I met a national coach who had invited me to a training camp in Lake Placid, New York. A few weeks later, I moved my family to Wisconsin so I could train full time.
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