US curling team realizes something's wrong with its medals after taking a closer look


The U.S. men’s curling team made history Saturday at the Pyeongchang Winter Games, winning America’s first gold medal in the event.

Skipper John Shuster and company stunned Sweden 10-7 in the final.

Team USA beat the top-ranked Swedes so soundly that they conceded with several rocks to play in the last end.

The Americans’ amazing achievement was immediately dubbed the “Miracurl on Ice.”

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The jubilant Shuster and his four teammates — Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner and alternate Joe Polo — soaked in the chants of “USA! USA!” from the Americans in the crowd.

It was the realization of a seemingly impossible dream for the self-described “Rejects,” and they wore big grins as they received their gold medals.

But their elation soon turned to bemusement.

After the ceremony, the curlers took a closer look at their prizes and realized that all of them but Landsteiner had been given the gold medal for “women’s curling.”

The Americans reacted the way they had to every setback they faced on the road to gold — they took it in stride and laughed it off.

The mix-up was soon corrected and they got their “men’s curling” medals.

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“It wasn’t a big deal at all, I promise,” Shuster said at the team’s press conference.

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Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He has worked as an editor or reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years.
Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He was born in Baltimore and grew up in Maryland. He graduated from the University of Miami (he dreams of wearing the turnover chain) and has worked as an editor and reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years. Todd started at The Miami News (defunct) and went on to work at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times, The Baltimore Sun and Space News before joining Liftable Media in 2016. He and his beautiful wife have two amazing daughters and a very old Beagle.
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