The victory assures the USA men of their best result in Olympic history: Now that they're through to the final, they'll be taking home nothing less than silver.
The United States men's curling team, on the brink of elimination for much of the 2018 Winter Olympics, withstood enormous pressure to defeat Canada, 5-3, on Thursday in a semifinal at Gangneung Curling Centre.
The British skip was downbeat after losing 9-5 to Switzerland in a play-off tiebreaker, meaning he finishes fifth on his Olympic debut and just fails to make the semi-finals. He even got some Korean kids to join in. But Kevin Koe, the team's "skip", or captain, threw the stone too light and it came up short of the target known as the house.
"So you take a bit of risk, and we said either zero or risk it for really a big end". Play hard but play smart! Canada's women, who had medaled at all five Olympics, were knocked out of the tournament before the playoff round. When the US got a single in the fifth end to tie it 2-2, Canada blanked the next two ends to retain the hammer.
US skip John Shuster is having the best week of his curling life.
The U.S. team playing for the country's first ever curling gold medal is comprised of skip John Shuster, a Chisholm, Minn., native now living in Superior, Wis., Tyler George and John Landsteiner of Duluth, Matt Hamilton of McFarland, Wis., and alternate Joe Polo of Duluth.
Shuster is a four-time Olympian who won bronze at the 2006 Torino games as a member of Pete Fenson's team.
Team USA started out 2-4 in the round robin, then won three must-win games to go into the semifinals as the No. 3 seed.
"I think John's found his game". The United States had never defeated Canada in Olympic competition. It's fantastic! But, we've played these guys plenty of times. "They are going to come at us with everything they've got - but man - it's going to be fun!"
Koe, third Marc Kennedy, second Brent Laing and lead Ben Hebert wrapped up the preliminary round at 6-3, just behind Sweden (7-2) to secure one of four sports in the semifinals. Canada pulled ahead 2-1 after the fourth. Shuster delivered a risky shot that worked out to secure one point for the US and tie it again.
The sixth and seventh end were blanked, with Canada keeping the hammer.