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Gold in the house: US men revel in historic title

02 March, 2018, 04:24 | Author: Melinda Barton
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The score, known as a five-ender, is so rare it has only been topped once before in the history of the men's or women's Olympic final.

But four years is a long time in curling, and now Shuster is a gold medalist.

Sweden scored two in the ninth end but the usa cleared out stones in the 10th to seal the victory.

The team members - skipped by John Shuster - were elated at their 10-7 win against Sweden.

The common denominators between the 2006 squad and this year's team were Shuster and Polo. In both games, we saw a ragtag team of rejects take down a powerhouse to ultimately win gold.

From there, Sweden was playing catch-up. Sweden took home silver just like in South Korea. That left Shuster with a relatively mundane shot for an nearly unprecedented score.

With five straight wins, the US men's curling team won gold in Pyeongchang and cemented their place in Olympic history.

The match settled into a 5-5 tie through seven ends before the U.S. stormed through with a rare five-point end in the eighth.

The U.S., with Shuster, Tyler George, Matt Hamilton and John Landsteiner, had two strategies coming in - limit Sweden's scoring and avoid the big end, and messy up the house with yellow rocks to force Sweden to make plays. "I can't tell you how un-nervous I was sitting in the hack to throw it".

He glided along the ice on a knee, deftly let go of the rock, and watched it send two Swedish stones careening away from the target circle.

But they dedicated themselves to proving others wrong, culminating with a 10-7 victory in the Olympic final.

"It started with that unbelievable kick by Jessie Diggins", he said, referring to the cross-country skier's come-from-behind gold medal victory along with her teammate Kikkan Randall.

Then he shook hands to concede the match.

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

Yeah, sure, I know I'm making fun of these sports but I also admit to watching all of them. Thanks to this, the United States took home their first gold medal in the sport.

The crowd roars, "U-S-A!" They stunned Canada to earn a spot in the gold-medal game.

"Two days ago it was unlikely", NBC's Jason Knapp said as the American men's curling team clinched a gold medal. The correct medals were quickly swapped out.

Shuster and co. pulled a huge comeback victory over Swedish skip Niklas Edin's club at the Gangneung Curling Centre.

Although Edin said he had the strongest team over the course of the tournament, the Americans prevented his country from winning its first gold medal in the sport. Then as the skipper, Shuster finished last in Vancouver and ninth in Sochi.

"These are the people that were around for all this work that this team put in", said Shuster.



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