USA brings home gold and bronze at U18 competition

By Terry Kolesar | April 08, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)

Congratulations to Connecticut's Kent Suslavich rink on winning the USA's first gold medal at the U18 Optimist International. Suslavich's team included Hunter Clawson, Will Pryor, and Caleb Clawson. The team was coached by Don Arsenault. 

In addition, the Washington boys won the bronze medal. The Seattle-based team includes Nicholas Connolly, Luc Violette, Blake Sweet, Kyle Lorvick, and Benjamin Richardson. They were coached by Tom Violette.

The only other U.S. team to ever win the U18 competition was Nina Spatola's junior women's team back in 2004. Spatola recently won the U.S. women's national championship.