Teammates: Jason Smith, Jeff Isaacson, John Benton

HEIGHT   6'0"    WEIGHT   195 lbs.


  • 2010 Olympic Winter Games
  • 2006 Olympic Winter Games - Bronze medal


  • 2003 World Championships - eighth
  • 2005 World Championships - sixth
  • 2006 Olympic Winter Games bronze medalist
  • 2006 World Championships - fourth
  • 2009 World Championships - fifth (tied)
  • U.S. Olympic Team Trials: 2009 (champion), 2005 (champion)
  • U.S. National Championships: 2009 (champion), 2008 (6th), 2006 (champion), 2005 (champion), 2004 (runner-up), 2003 (champion)
  • World Curling Championships: 2009, 2006 (4th), 2005 (6th), 2003 (8th)
  • World University Games: 2007 (gold)
  • World Curling Tour Players Championship: 2006 (quarterfinalist), 2005 (quarterfinalist)
  • U.S. Men's Junior Nationals: 2004 (champion), 2002 (runner-up)
  • Minnesota State Championships: 2003 (runner-up)
  • Minnesota State Junior Championships: 2004 (champion), 2003 (runner-up), 2002 (champion)
  • Minnesota State High School Curling Championships: 1999 (champion)
  • John was featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" section in February 2004.
  • USA Curling Team of the Year: 2006


Delivers: Right-handed

Curls out of: Duluth (Minn.) Curling Club

Year started curling: 1997

Shuster didn't start curling until 1997, but he quickly became one of the best in the fast-rising sport in the U.S. By 1999, he was the Minnesota State High School Curling Champion. He was a 2002 U.S. Junior Championships runner-up. He reached the top in 2003 as part of the U.S. Championship-winning rink.

His hobbies include fishing, hunting, fantasy football, golf and playing and coaching softball. He also wakeboards and has three dogs.


  • Featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" in February 2004
  • Nicknamed "Shoostie"
  • Works as a bartender in Duluth, Minn., in the winters and on the grounds crew of a golf course in the summers
  • Named freestyle aerials as the other Olympic sport he would like to try

Education: University of Minnesota-Duluth

Other sports: Baseball, golf, watching any sports on TV, fishing, hunting, fantasy football, wakeboarding, "Halo 2"

Other Olympic sport he'd like to try: Freestyle aerials

"Hunting, fishing, wakeboarding, fantasy football and raising our three dogs."

Curling start: "My dad curls, so when I decided to hang up the basketball shoes, I needed a new winter activity. I went down to the club on Junior Night and have been hooked ever since."

Training regimen: "I curl in three leagues a week and throw 50 rocks a day, followed by a game or two of cards."

What he enjoys most about curling: "I enjoy meeting new people and making new friends, even at the highest levels of competition."

Curling family: "My dad, mom, sister and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins all participate in our holiday bonspiel [where] the Shuster family trophy is awarded."

Curling goals: "Curl in the Olympics and medal. Curl at World Championships and medal."

Favorite motivational quote: "Everything happens for a reason."