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Team Shuster Continues To Roll At Olympic Team Trials For Curling

By Gary R. Blockus | Nov. 12, 2017, 11:58 p.m. (ET)

John Shuster (C) throws a stone during the Olympic Qualification Tournament playoff match against the Czech Republic on Dec. 15, 2013 in Fussen, Germany.

 

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for curling are underway and continuing through Saturday, Nov. 18 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Five men’s teams and three women’s teams are taking part.

The men are playing a double-round-robin and the women a triple-round-robin through Wednesday. All tiebreakers will be played Thursday morning. The best-of-three playoffs began Friday and continue through Saturday night, if necessary, to determine which teams will qualify for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Here’s how things shaped up on the second day of competition.

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Men’s Story of the Day: Team Shuster won two in extra ends. Three-time Olympian John Shuster knocked off previously undefeated Team McCormick, which opened with wins over both Team Brown and Team Clark in Saturday’s opening draw. Shuster, who won the Olympic bronze medal with current teammate Joe Polo in 2006, recorded a 7-6 win against Heath McCormick’s squad. Shuster’s team took control in the second half of their match, and he centered the last skip stone in the 11th end to defeat Team Brown 6-5.

Women’s Story of the Day: Team Roth bounced back from a 9-8 opening draw loss to Team Sinclair with a 7-6 victory over Team Christensen in an extra end. Nina Roth’s team with Tabitha Peterson, Aileen Geving and Becca Hamilton held a comfortable lead until the 10th end when Christensen tied the match with a deuce. Roth had hammer in the 11th end and Christensen missed twice trying to freeze her skip stones for a winning point.

Where Things Stand: After two days, action is heating up and teams are becoming more strategic, as evidenced by Sunday evening’s lower scores. Team Shuster is the lone unbeaten for the men and all women’s teams are 1-1.

What’s Next: Monday’s draws are at noon ET and 8 p.m. with three matches in each session.

 

Standings:

Men’s

Team Shuster (3-0)
Team McCormick (3-1)
Team Clark (0-3)
Team Birr (1-2)
Team Brown (1-3)

Women’s

Team Roth (1-1)
Team Sinclair (1-1)
Team Christensen (1-1)

Gary R. Blockus is a journalist from Allentown, Pennsylvania who has covered multiple Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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