US curling team gets stonewalled by Delta despite gold medal

South Korean team celebrates after winning against Japan Denmark during their women's curling match at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung South Korea Wednesday Feb. 21 2018

Already guaranteed the best Olympic curling medal in United States history, John Shuster and the Americans will look to complete their astounding run in Pyeongchang when they take on No. 1 seed Sweden in the men's gold medal game.

"Today Sweden showed a really ideal game and great shots enough to go to the top place".

Hasselborg's team earned its first Olympic medal; a different Swedish foursome won in Turin and Vancouver.

"This is silly", US skip, or captain, told himself. They also predicted the merger between FOX and Disney.

"Boy Meets Curl" also saw a USA curling team beat Sweden, though on TV it was a mixed team, not the men's team.

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. That gave them a 10-5 lead with two ends left.

Gangneung resident Park Young-moon, 72, said: "I was interested in curling from the Sochi Games but my interest soared even more because our team is so good this year".

The match settled into a 5-5 tie through seven ends before the United States stormed through with a rare five-point end in the eighth. The Swedes scored another point, lengthening their lead over South Korea by five points. But he noted that they actually were not the first American team to win the gold.

So when USA Curling started the "High Performance Program" in 2014 with the goal of improving the team's performance in worldwide competitions, Shuster wasn't invited.

John Shuster delivered another Miracle on Ice for the Americans, only this one came with brooms instead of hockey sticks. Our country won one medal - gold in ski acrobatics got freestyler Alexander Abramenko.

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"People ask if I'm surprised of them being in the final game, I was not surprised at all they played better and better".

Vice-skip Tyler George, growing emotional, said of Shuster's vindication: "I'm happy for John". "I'm speechless for a change in my life". "Who'd have thought it though - gold for the US, silver for Sweden, bronze for Switzerland - and Canada miss out".

They may be Olympic champions but the reception the USA men's curling team received from the airline bringing them back home to the US was as cold as ice. Edin threw a second bad shot for Sweden in the end, missing a takeout in the 4-foot, again setting up an easy lay in for Shuster.

Shuster gets the credit for making big shots as the skip, but every member of Team USA came up with big shots at a big time.

In hockey, Germany plays the Russian team after toppling defending champions Canada in the semifinal. Hamilton had a double of his own in the seventh to clear the house and lie three for the U.S.

Team Shuster started the 2018 Winter Olympics just 2-4 in round-robin play and it looked like it was just the same old United States curling team.

"On the morning of February 19, Matt's (Hamilton), the day we played Canada, I woke up saw it and said 'I have a choice".

They'll never really know how much it meant to Shuster and his teammates.

"Team Reject", they called themselves.

It was the first time for both South Korea and Japan to win an Olympic medal in curling since the sport was introduced to Olympic competitions in 1998.

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