Duluth Welcomes Home US Men's Curling Gold Medalists
02 March, 2018, 05:15 | Author: Diane Mills
"The Rejects are Olympic champions".
Five consecutive victories culminated Saturday night in something that has never happened before: an Olympic gold for the US curlers as they defeated Sweden 10-7 before a flag-waving throng from back home.
The moment of truth came in the 8th end, when fellow Minnesotan John Shuster delivered the biggest rock of his career, scoring five and solidifying the first gold medal in U.S. Curling history.
After the usa scored their five a reeling Sweden chipped two off the deficit in the ninth but there was too much damage to fix and the Swedes finally conceded in the 10th.
Shuster happens to have played a key role in both of the United States' Olympic curling medals. I mean, they already had to suffer through nearly getting the wrong medals. "These guys deserve all of this recognition here and the whole experience has just been a roller coaster of emotions for everybody".
"It's hard to rationalize wanting to do it", vice-skip Tyler George said after the Americans beat favored Sweden 10-7 in nine ends in the gold medal match on Saturday.
Team USA gained a lot of fans along the way, including celebrities J.J. Watt, Diddy and Mr. T. People across the US were falling in love, not only with Shuster and his team, but with curling in general, a sport that had never been more popular.
After eight draws, Team USA found themselves with a 2-4 record at the Games with a only a slim chance of making the medal round.
On Saturday, they won their fifth straight game in the tournament, a string that included two victories over curling power Canada. Women's hockey player Monique Lamoureux-Morando dropped by, fresh off a huge gold-medal game win as well. I have no idea what I'm going to do tonight.
Against Sweden, which defeated the US 10-4 in the round-robin part of the tournament, the Americans fell behind 2-0 after two ends but responded with two in the third and a steal of one in the fourth.
By now we have to assume that every writer on The Simpsons was a powerful witch, who can pierce the veil of time as easily as writing a hilarious animated comedy. A flawless throw that barely required sweeping went right through the house for the takeout and a huge five point end for the U.S.to double their score and take a 10-5 lead with two ends to play.
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