They beat the all-time curling Olympic leader, Canada, and then beat Sweden, this year's top team, for top honors. And gold was waiting for them at the end.
Shuster picked Matt Hamilton, who had also been rejected by the USA Curling program, and talked longtime teammate John Landsteiner out of retirement after he had also not been chosen for the program, according to Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
The U.S. men's curling team won a shocking gold medal at the Winter Olympics and are being called the "Miracurl on Ice".More news: These Companies Are Done With the NRA
That final match was a 5-5 tie entering the eighth end (much like a baseball inning) with Team USA having the final shot and a chance at the equivalent of a grand slam home run. "That last shot if it curls three centimetres more it's probably good for them to draw for two or something but when that misses and they make that double we knew we were going to lose". Magnificent, I'm so proud of you guys!
"It wasn't a big deal at all, I promise", John Shuster said.
The Swedes would not be rattled, answering with two in the fifth as the seesaw battle continued with the USA replying with a pair in the sixth and Sweden getting one back in the seventh to leave the teams deadlocked on 5-5 with three ends to play.More news: EOG Resources Inc (EOG) Position Lifted by ARP Americas LP
Devin Heroux of CBC got a close-up shot of team skipper John Shuster's gold medal.
Sweden retained the last-rock advantage known as the hammer for the ninth end, and scored two.
The Swedes were 2-0 up by the second end, but Team Shuster levelled immediately, and went 3-2 up in the fourth end with their yellow stone deemed an infinitesimal amount closer to the tee than Sweden's red.More news: Mueller files new charges against Rick Gates, Paul Manafort
Shuster won bronze as a member of Pete Fenson's team in 2006. With its intense sweeping action, stones that looks like a Pokeball-hockey puck hybrid, a Mario look-a-like and Norwegian fancy trousers, what's not to love about the Winter Olympics' longest sport (with 18 consecutive days of play)? "I have a choice to rewrite my story, to write the story of this team, '" Shuster said.