Men's Curling Team Is Bright Spot for U.S. at Winter Olympics

Dianna Christensen
March 2, 2018

But Schuster came through with this flawless shot to give his team a 10-5 lead with only two ends left to play.

The common denominators between the 2006 squad and this year's team were Shuster and Polo.

Patzke, the US curling executive who joined the organization for the '98 Nagano Games, expects a bump in interest after all the attention the four-man team received.

The Swedes knew they were done, spending the last two ends simply playing for pride and working off their frustration.

The actual US curling team-John Shuster, Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner, and Joe Polo-had a journey that could have easily filled an episode of The Simpsons or a Dodgeball-like movie. He also delivered a huge takeout of two Sweden stones in the 7th end of the gold medal match. Shuster and his team battled down to the wire, rallying late as they have had to throughout most of the early parts of the tournament.

After the Associated Press obtained a medal tally projection chart created by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), it became clear that Team USA did not meet the organization's expectations for awarded medals in Peyongchang. They do not play one of the biggest Olympic sports, but theirs was the best kind of Olympic story: a stunning run by people who believed in themselves when nobody else did.

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As we know, this isn't The Simpsons first tango with the future.

Cross-country skiers Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins won gold in the sprint freestyle, winning a medal in the event for Team USA for the first time since 1976 (and its first gold, to boot).

"It feels nearly unbelievable", said curler Matt Hamilton immediately after the match.

Team coach Phill Drobnick even seconded the request, tweeting, "Come on @Delta I think #DeltaOne is calling our name for the gold!"

Shuster recalled how hard-luck speed skater Dan Jansen of Wisconsin struggled through three Olympics although favored in many of his races. Switzerland beat Canada in Friday's third-place match to earn the bronze. The King of Sweden was there, as was USA presidential daughter Ivanka Trump. Be a witness as they finally make it to their rightful owners- Korea or Sweden- at 7:05 p.m. "I can't tell you how much that fueled us". We are honored to be your ride back home! She laughed recalling how 4-year-old Luke found himself in the arms of Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter, during the gold medal match.

"They said, 'Go to the gym, ' we went to the gym, '" Shuster said. Shuster and his teammates began PyeongChang with a mediocre performance in the round robin, failing to show their gold medal potential. But if the movie is not called Team of Rejects, I'm going to cry.

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