U. S. Men’s Curling Team Wins First World Medal In ninth Years

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 9:56 PM

S. men to a bronze-medal finish at the two thousand sixteen World Men’s Curling Championship on Sun in Basel, Switzerland. It marked the first worlds podium finish by an American men’s curling team since two thousand seven and gave the U.

U. S. Men’s Curling Team Wins First World Medal In ninth Years

John Shuster led the U. S. men to a bronze-medal finish at the two thousand sixteen World Men’s Curling Championship on Sun in Basel, Switzerland. It marked the first worlds podium finish by an American men’s curling team since two thousand seven and gave the U. S. a solid start on the road to qualifying for the PyeongChang two thousand eighteen Olympic Winter Games.

Shuster and teammates Tyler George, Matt Hamilton and John Landsteiner defeated Japan 8-6 Sun morning for the bronze. The Americans came out of the gate strong, posting four points in the first two ends, but the determined Japanese were able to climb back into to contest, leveling the score at 6-6 going into the eighth end. The U. S. went back up 7-6 in the eighth, then stole a point in the tenth finish to seal the match.

The bronze caps a season that's been filled with success, giving the United States momentum as qualifying for PyeongChang begins. Points are earned in the two world championships leading up to two thousand eighteen, and the top seven teams will connect host nation S Korea as automatic qualifiers to the tournament. The U. S. women’s side already has seven qualification points in the bag, thanks to its sixth-place finish at latest week’s worlds, and the men’s bronze medal gives them ten points.

Shuster, already a three-time Olympian at age thirty-three, was the lead when Team UNITED STATES OF AMERICA won bronze at the Torino two thousand six Olympic Winter Games, the first Olympic curling medal for the United States. He's led his side to victories at three World Curling Tour events this season as well as the semifinal of a Grand Slam event.

“We are comfortable playing in these kind of events,” Shuster said, “especially since we’ve played in six large arenas in the latest calendar year. One goal all year was to obtain the podium at the world championships.”

With that goal presently achieved, the American side can keep its string of almost-but-not-quite results in the rear view mirror, heartbreaks that included lost the playoff circular of the previous two world championships through tiebreakers.

With interest in the sport building through such vehicles as the “Curling Night in America” telecasts on NBC the latest two season, the perfect storm of public exposure and on-ice success seems to brewing, with Shuster and crew hoping to ride a tsunami of support into PyeongChang less than two years from now.



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