US 'Rejects' shock Sweden to win men's curling gold
02 Марта 2018, 04:23 | Gordon Grant
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After so much rejection and so much doubt skipper John Shuster and teammates basked in a golden glow Saturday on the penultimate day of the Pyeongchang Games as medallions representing a triumphant comeback hung from their proud necks.
"These are the people who support and love these players this team", said Jackie Shuster, the mother of curling player John Schuster.
It didn't bother Shuster, who can write a book about rejection and disappointment. Literally calling themselves "Team Reject", to say Shuster and his fellow curlers were a long shot to win gold is an understatement. "Everyone is the exact same on this side", he said raising his medal from his chest.
Burleson sophomore Blake Boatright said it was incredible to watch White's triumphant return from not medaling in Sochi, Russia, at the 2014 Olympics and being injured in a scary crash in fall 2017. Sure, the team earned the bronze medal in 2006, but the usa men finished dead last out of 10 teams in Vancouver back in 2010 and ninth out of 10 teams in Sochi back in 2014.
But he performed so badly he was benched, and then finished ninth of 10 teams in Sochi.
Nearly inexplicably, the Minnesotan was ridiculed on social media over those results.
Against Sweden, which defeated the USA 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.
"These are the people that were around for all this work that this team put in", said Shuster.
Meanwhile, Delta have released a statement on the upgrade denial and promise they will do everything they can to celebrate the team's historic accomplishment.
The US curlers were Shuster, vice-skip Tyler George, Hamilton, John Landsteiner and Joe Polo, who will now have get a 2018 Olympics tattoo to go with the logo from the Turin Games he has on his right shoulder.
The teammates, who were accompanied by US women's curling team members Cory Christensen and Aileen Geving of Duluth, were treated like royalty even before arriving home, said Landsteiner. Always welcoming and really, I think, embodies what all of us would hope humanity can be.
Men's Hockey Final: OAR vs. Germany, Saturday at 11:10 p.m. ET streaming online. By 2016, Shuster's rink was part of the program.
The United States have won their first ever gold medal in curling with a stunning upset of Sweden on Saturday afternoon, capping a fairytale run from the brink of elimination less than a week ago. The crowning of the new world champions will take place on Sunday, 8 April.
But it didn't start well in Korea. Each participating team will play 12 games during the seven-day round-robin portion, followed by a playoff round featuring the top six teams.
He started 2-4 here and, well, it had him thinking about the big picture.
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