The Team USA Curling Trials concluded two weeks ago, and in the process we found out who would be representing the US in the 2018 Winter Games.
Last Saturday’s post was about the Women’s Team; this time we’ll be representing the Men. Team Shuster lost the first game to Heath McCormick’s team, but rallied back to win games 2 and 3 to win the spot in Pyeongchang.
John Shuster, John Landsteiner and alternate Joe Polo have been to the Olympics before, but this will be the first time for Ty George and Matt Hamilton. Hamilton is the brother of Becca Hamilton, who’s on the women’s team going to Pyeongchang.
The US Men finished in a 3-way tie for 7th in the 2014 games, but Team Shuster made the playoffs in the 2017 World Men’s Curling Championship back in April.
The US Men would lose the Bronze Medal game to Switzerland, 7-5.
This will be skip John Shuster’s 4th Olympics. He was on Pete Fenson’s team which won Bronze in 2006, and he also represented the USA in 2010 and 2014.
Elsewhere in Olympic qualifying… The Canadian qualifying event, Tim Hortons Roar Of The Rings, starts today in Ottawa. You may remember that Canada took both the Men’s and Women’s Gold in Sochi in 2014… Here are the 1973-style customs I made nearly 4 years ago to commemorate those teams:
Both of these teams are competing for another shot, but there’s always plenty of competition in any type of Canadian curling championship.
This coming Tuesday sees the beginning of the World Curling Federation’s Olympic Qualification Event in Pilsen, Czech Republic. This will determine the final two countries for the Men and Women. For the Women, the competition is between China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy and Latvia. You may notice that this is only 7 teams; Norway had qualified for the event but the Norwegian Curling Association decided not to send a women’s team.
For the Men, it’s between China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Russia.
Quick note for those of you who prefer non-curling customs: You’ll get your turn tomorrow.