PYEONGCHANG, Korea, Republic Of - Marc Kennedy calls the Olympic semifinal the toughest game in curling. In John Shuster's case, all he needed Monday was a millimeter or two. The Americans began their three-game winning streak in Pyeongchang with a 9-7 victory over the Canadians in the round robin stage.
Shuster, 35, first competed in curling at the Torino winter games in 2006, where he won the bronze medal.
"We obviously wanted to contribute to the big Team Canada here and get on that podium somewhere".
The Americans are the No. 3 seed and will face Canada on Thursday.
But rallies have to start somewhere, which was all Shuster was thinking of Monday.
"It was good to bounce back. We're just going to go out and do what we do and hope it's enough". "We've got to find a way to play better ourselves and pick up a couple of wins", Koe said.
Sitting at 2-4 in round robin play, the U.S. had no room for error - a single loss would drop them from knockout round contention and assure the team that their Winter Olympics would end without a medal. There aren't many games that I would take back.More news: Winter weather advisory for ice, snow in region
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Koe, Kennedy, second Brent Laing and Hebert finished second in the preliminary round at 6-3 behind Sweden (7-2) to secure one of four semifinal berths. Canada would steal a point in the eighth end when Shuster's final draw into the four-foot was a tad heavy. "We all had really good shots, we played really well, we all had our misses but we all just stuck with each other and kept grinding through that game", said Landsteiner, who was a member of the 2014 Olympic team as well.
The decisive win came Wednesday, with skip John Shuster making a few massive shots to put the team just one win away from a medal.
Vice-skip Tyler George echoed that thought.
"We're in the medal round so a couple more wins would be juicy".
"But we also knew we still controlled our own destiny".
"We love having Scott on the team so to get him in there was special". It's unfortunate we haven't been able to put all that together until now.
With the Winter Olympics chugging along, and curling getting quite a bit of coverage, the Cheers actress took to Twitter to complain about it.