Friday, 14 December, 2018

Canadian Hockey Player Regrets Ripping Off Olympic Silver Medal

South Korean curlers sweep the ice sheet in the Pyeong Chang Winter Games women's curling semifinals against Japan at the Gangneung Curling Centre on Feb. 23 2018 Canadian Hockey Player Regrets Ripping Off Olympic Silver Medal
Kristopher Love | 25 February, 2018, 09:38

Led by four-time Olympian John Shuster, 35, of Superior, Wisconsin, the United States of America won its first-ever gold medal in curling beating Sweden 10-7.

Skip John Shuster and his team wore puzzled looks as they realised they had been given women's medals instead of men's after their 10-7 victory on Saturday. "I'm proud of our team, and proud to be counted among the Canadian athletes who have won medals at these Games". Most of the world's top global rinks spend considerable time training and competing on Canadian soil.

Canadian women's hockey star Jocelyne Larocque was so disappointed with her silver medal after the Canadian team was beaten by Team USA (3-2) in the women's hockey final on Thursday in Pyeongchang. After winning the bronze in Turin, he was benched at the 2010 Vancouver Games in the middle of the tournament because his performance was so poor.

Shuster was almost kicked out of the national program after the team's poor showing in Sochi in 2014.

"When I missed (in the eighth), we knew for sure he was going to make that double, and we knew we were going to lose", said Edin, who said he threw in the spin to lighten the mood so that perhaps he could "get a silver medal without throwing it into the sea". "I just decided that, 50 years from now, maybe I'm long gone, when my kids are showing my grandkids video from the Olympics, I don't want all my videos to be me failing".

After the US tied the game at 2-2 late in the third period, the game headed to overtime. The mistake came when vice Oskar Eriksson put too much weight on his shot, knocking the stone off the centre line, but sending it straight through, instead of into the others in the house.

It would take a ideal shot, and Shuster was up to the task. One of those losses was a 10-4 defeat to Sweden. The Swedes bounced back with two in the fifth end and the lead then see-sawed between the rinks until the eighth end, when the Americans delivered their decisive five-point hammer blow. Vice-skip Tyler George ran up and down the arena holding up his index finger in a symbol of No. 1 as the crowd chanted, "USA!"

"We're rolling", Matt Hamilton said.

A large and loud US contingent gave the arena a home-game feel. "Such an unbelievable validation for all we've been working for!" said Gold Medalist Kikkan Randall.

"I can't think about anything except pure pride, excitement, and honor for our team", US captain Meghan Duggan said after the victory, per the IIHF.

The right medals were quickly retrieved and swapped out.

"It was a good game, I have no complaints about it".