Position:    Skip
 Teammates:    Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John LandsteinerJoe Polo
 Age:    34
 Hometown/Resides:    Chisholm, Minn./Superior, Wis.
 Occupation:    Team USA sales associate with Dick's Sporting Goods
 Education:    Bachelor's of business administration-marketing degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth
 Family:    Married to Sarah; two sons, Luke & Logan
 Year started curling:    1997
 Height:    6 feet


  • Olympic Winter Games: 2014 (9th), 2010 (10th), 2006 (bronze)
  • U.S. Olympic Team Trials: 2014 (champion), 2010 (champion), 2006 (champion)
  • Continental Cup: 2016 (champion), 2014 (champion), 2003 (runner-up)
  • U.S. National Championships: 2017, 2016 (runner-up), 2015 (champion), 2014 (5th), 2013 (bronze), 2012 (bronze), 2011 (6th), 2010 (5th), 2009 (champion), 2008 (6th), 2006 (champion), 2005 (champion), 2004 (runner-up), 2003 (champion)
  • World Championships: 2016 (bronze), 2015 (5th), 2009 (5th), 2006 (4th), 2005 (6th), 2003 (8th)
  • World University Games: 2007 (gold)
  • U.S. Junior Nationals: 2004 (champion), 2002 (runner-up)
  • Minnesota State Junior Championships: 2004 (champion), 2003 (runner-up),2002 (champion)
  • Minnesota State High School Curling Championships: 1999 (champion)
  • USA Curling Team of the Year: 2016, 2006
  • USA Curling Male Athlete of the Year: 2015, 2009
  • U.S. Olympic Committee Team of the Year: 2006

2016-17 Competition Schedule:

Dates  Event  Location  Results 
Sept. 8-11 Stu Sells Oakville Tankard Oakville, Ont. 2-3
Sept. 15-18 Shorty Jenkins Classic Cornwall, Ont. 1-4
Sept. 23-26  College Clean Restoration Curling Classic Saskatoon, Sask. 4-3 
Oct. 7-9 St. Paul Cashspiel St. Paul, Minn. 3-2, quarterfinalist 
Oct. 14-17  Canad Inns Classic Portage la Prairie, Manitoba 3-3 
Oct. 25-30 Masters of Curling Okotoks, Alberta 0-4 
Nov. 8-13  Grand Slam of Curling, Tier 1 Cranbrook, B.C. 2-3 
Nov. 25-27 Coors Light Duluth Cashspiel Duluth, Minn. 5-1, runner-up 
Dec. 7-11  Boost National Grand Slam Sault St. Marie, Ont. 0-4
Dec. 16-18 Curl Mesabi Classic Eveleth, Minn. 6-1, runner-up 
Jan. 3-8  Canadian Open Grand Slam North Battleford, Ont. 3-2, quarterfinals
Jan. 19-22 Ed Werenich Golden Wrench Classic Tempe, Ariz.  
Jan. 26-29  Americas Challenge Duluth, Minn.  
Feb. 11-18 2017 National Championships Everett, Wash.  

About John Shuster:

Nickname: Shoostie

Curls out of: Duluth (Minn.) Curling Club

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."

What he enjoys most about the sport: "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 that the Shuster family trophy is awarded."