Olympic curling: Team Shuster topples Great Britain

The 9-7 win puts Team USA at 2-1 in the round robin.

Olympics: Curling-Men Round Robin
From left, Chris Plys, John Shuster and John Landsteiner of the United States compete in the men's round robin against Great Britain during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at National Aquatics Center in Beijing on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022.
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BEIJING — Team USA made a major statement about the viability of its Olympic gold-medal defense on Friday (Thursday night Duluth time), knocking off Great Britain 9-7 in their third of nine round-robin games at the Olympic men's tournament.

The British rink, skipped by Bruce Mouat, is ranked No. 1 in the world and is the defending European champion and 2021 World Championship runner-up.

The Americans caught the first significant break by picking up three in the fourth end for a 5-2 lead. Britain pulled to within 5-4 at the halfway point, then stole two to take the lead in the sixth. However, a pair of precise shots allowed Team Shuster to regain the lead in the next end, and some defensive work held Britain to a single in the seventh, making it 7-7.

Shuster had a look at a 4-point play with his last rock of the ninth end but the bounces left the Americans with two. Britain had the hammer for the last end, but a combination of errors and American defense ensured the British could not keep two stones in the house to scoring the tying points.

Team USA (2-1) is idle for the next men's session on Friday night (early Friday morning in Duluth) and returns to the ice on Saturday afternoon (12:05 a.m. Duluth time) vs. Norway (1-1).


  • The American women's team continued a great start on Thursday night with a 7-5 victory over Denmark.

In an even contest, the American team got two in the eighth end, then held the Danes to a single in the ninth to cement their lead. Playing with the hammer, the Americans held off the Danes and added a point to their lead.
Team USA (2-0), which includes Duluthian Aileen Geving as an alternate, plays host China in a game that started just after midnight on Friday.

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