Then he got back up, and won gold

USA topple Sweden to cap fairytale run with first ever Olympic curling gold

Team USA eventually won its first Olympic gold medal, 10-7, stunning the Olympics as the surprise victor. On the brink of elimination again, they reeled off five consecutive victories.

After the game, with his wife and two kids headed to a hotel and his wifes encouraging words ringing in his head, Shuster found a grassy spot outside the venue, sat down and came to a realization.

US skip John Shuster's son led a rousing chant of "USA!". "And I was like, 'This is silly.' I'm getting my heart broken by this sport. Seriously, this is the Olympics".

The amusing thing about this is I got a little addicted to Curling. "I'm so proud I was able to do something similar". That includes everything from Presidential Elections to Disney taking over Fox to apparently, the U.S. Curling Team winning a gold medal.

Team USA was an unlikely victor - all odds were against them. It never lost again.

"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. That is part of what made this so much fun: The Americans take themselves exactly as seriously as you would like. The senator said he has no idea if the team saw either tweet.

Minnesota lawmakers are joining in the giddiness over some Olympic gold medals headed back to the state. Seventeen-year-old snowboarding sensation Chloe Kim won gold in the halfpipe, becoming the youngest ever gold medalist in the history of the event. Perhaps the teams success can help.

"Put [my daughter] to bed and probably put myself to bed too", said Olympian Joe Polo, when asked what he was planning to do once he got home.

"I knew Shuster was going to play really well to beat those guys because they dominated the field the whole week".

The win came with its share of thrills.

"It feels nearly unbelievable", said curler Matt Hamilton immediately after the match. "(The Swedes) margin for error got incredibly small".

Shuster struggled early, shooting below 70 percent in the first half, but he picked it up in the second when it mattered. His teams lead was suddenly insurmountable. We still had seven ends to go and I knew I needed to make a decision. "It does, it brings things close to home and it just adds to the excitement".

"Everything happens for a reason", he said.

Ennen arrived at the airport with balloons, signs and photos of the curlers as well as with Amy Swanoski and Randi Curry, two women who were at the curling club for Saturday's wee-hours viewing party and who couldn't stop crying when the team sealed their victory. But they rattled off four straight wins over the most dominant countries in curling, including rival Canada in the semifinals. The team will be escorted by Duluth and Superior Police as they depart from the airport.

Well, almost. It had one more glitch. The Americans did not medal. Shuster and his teammates began PyeongChang with a mediocre performance in the round robin, failing to show their gold medal potential. They had gotten the medals stamped for the winners of the other tournament.

"They've got regular jobs".

"It's no big deal", beamed Shuster, who was competing at his fourth Olympics and was part of the United States of America team that took bronze in Turin in 2006.

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