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United States rocks Sweden to win first gold medal in curling

25 February, 2018, 18:21 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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They sat anchored to their bench with heads slumped and when they did look up tears poured down their faces. Czech Republic won that contest, 3-2 in a shootout.

But, the United States rebounded when skip John Shuster delivered a ideal final shot to give his team a 9-7 victory over pre-tournament favorite Canada.

The question was inevitable even though the answer is not yet known: Will the three-time Olympians on the 2018 U.S. women's hockey team try to return for a fourth go-round? "For us it's like, I don't know, best thing ever", Germany goaltender Danny aus den Birken said. One's a dream and one's a reality. "We let a big one get away from us".

Canada fell 5-3 to the United States in Thursday's semifinal.

Canada lost in the quarterfinals in Turin in 2006 with NHL players on its roster, but this loss is still hard to take for a nation that has already set a national Winter Games medals record with 27.

After the US tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth end, neither team could score in the sixth or seventh.

Sweden purposefully blanked the third end, and it paid off. Niklas Edin's team lied three stones all on a diagonal line just before the final stones.

Edin's team opened competition with six straight wins, including victories over Great Britain and Canada, before falling to Switzerland. "We didnt. They were the better team". "It's a new team, we're ready to go". The 20-year-old goalie stopped the last two Canadian shooters in the shootout in Brianne Jenner and then Meghan Agosta on her second attempt.

However, the players and the coaching staff were certainly not the only ones who were bowled over by this historic win.

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"Being in the Olympic final is the chance of a lifetime and we're going to try to grab it", Edin said to reporters following the victory.

The Germans, seeded 10th in the draw, upset Group C victor Sweden 4-3 in overtime in the other late quarterfinal.

The most gut-wrenching of those USA defeats came in Sochi when, leading 2-0 with under four minutes to play, Canada scored twice to force overtime. "Right now, we're just so focused on last night's win, celebrating together, with each other, our families, and really excited to get home and celebrate with the rest of our country". "We made pretty much all our shots from the beginning, and the (U.S.) had a rough start..."

"I think during the entire (eighth) end we could feel it building", said Shuster.

Norway is well ahead in the overall count with 37 medals total, 1o ahead of the second place country in that regard, Canada.

"Just too many misses in the final games".

Shuster will become the first American to win multiple Olympic curling medals Saturday.

"Emotions run high at the Olympic Games and never more so than in a gold-medal game, but at all times we expect our team to act professionally and demonstrate sound sportsmanship".

With U.S. defender Megan Keller in the penalty box for an illegal hit on Poulin, Canada had a power play for the last 95 seconds of overtime, but couldn't produce the victor.


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