How a US Curling Team Won Its First Gold Medal

It got so bad that a word “Shustered” was added to Urban Dictionary. (Definition? “A noun definition to destroy to accommodate expectations, quite during a impulse vicious for success or even somewhat important results.”) Then, in a summer of 2014, Shuster was sidelined from U.S.A. Curling’s high-performance program.


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“Everything happens for a reason,” he said.

He found 3 curlers who still believed in him: George, a wine salesman who competes in 8-year-old sneakers with holes in them; Hamilton, a unconditional sorceress eminent for his mustache; and Landsteiner, who works full-time as an engineer.

The group became famous in curling circles as Team Reject, a moniker they came to embrace. And they began a delayed stand behind to respectability, by a inhabitant ranks, by a Olympic trials and by a Olympic bonspiel, or tournament, here in South Korea, where they surmounted all kinds of obstacles.

The United States had to kick Canada—Canada! — twice in 4 days only to strech a final. (Canada is unequivocally good during curling.)

“From a day that a 2014 Olympics came to an end, each singular day was with this tour in mind,” Shuster said.

That most was transparent as a members of Team Reject stood together atop a award podium. Their tour was complete.

Here’s how it happened:

1st End: Sweden Keeps a Hammer

Following warm-ups and a rite grating of bagpipes (curling is a Scottish game), both teams have strike a ice. There is a outrageous fortuitous of American fans in a building, and some of them might have had refreshments this afternoon. Anyway, amid cheers of “U-S-A” and “Shoooooo” for John Shuster, a American skip, a Swedish group took a produce in a initial end, overdue to their tip seed in a tournament, and recorded it for a second finish with a blank, definition nobody scored.

Oh, a hammer? Glad we asked. The produce belongs to a group that gets to chuck a final stone in an end, that is a outrageous tactical advantage. A group keeps a produce until it scores.

As a special treat, we’ll be assimilated here by Devin Heroux of CBC Sports, a curling backer who will offer his satirical analysis. Devin unexpected has some gangling time on his hands since Canada — well, Canada didn’t do so prohibited here. More on that later.


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Devin Heroux: These dual teams are personification in their first-ever bullion award diversion during a Olympics. We’ll see how USA and Sweden hoop this new domain and a vigour of a moment.

Swedish skip Nik Edin has won universe championships and knows large diversion pressure. American skip John Shuster has been around a competition for a prolonged time, including winning bronze with Pete Fenson’s group during a 2006 Olympics.

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