Published: Fri, March 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

"The Simpsons" predicted Team USA's curling gold

The Simpsons predicted the US men's curling team beating Sweden for Olympic gold - back in 2010.

"I'm proud of this team for sure". Curling Captain, John Shuster, worked to get where they are. They played well and when they put us in trouble, we couldn't handle it.

"It feels nearly unbelievable", said curler Matt Hamilton immediately after the match. "Anytime we can take one off of them it's a big feather in our cap".

"Time and time again, he got back up and he wrote his story, and he's an Olympic champion", Shuster said.

The United States is not known as a curling powerhouse. And no one on the curling team is an animated character.

Shuster had executed a ideal shot: a blend of cool-handed finesse and foolproof strategy.

"It was pretty awesome, he didn't give us, a pity the fool, or anything like that, but you definitely can tell, if you didn't know who was giving the speech, you could tell it was T", he said.

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After poor showings in the last two Olympics, skip John Shuster's last name became a verb in the Urban Dictionary. One two of those occasions, Team USA had awful results with the 2010 team finishing last in the ranks while the 2014 team came second to last. The U.S. men's curling team members are hardly household names.

Team USA came in fourth in overall medal count. "There are tons of new curling clubs popping up all over the place and getting more players into the sport is just going to develop our talent pool, which is really what we need, just some grass roots growth".

The comeback would include a pair of wins over three-time defending champion Canada.

"From the day the 2014 Olympics came to an end, every single day was with this journey in mind", said Shuster, adding that he was inspired by Jansen's ability to bounce back from six years of tragedy and Olympic failure to win his final speedskating race. The crowd consisting of people of all ages were able to mingle with the curlers who, not even two weeks ago, were considered long shots to even medal in PyeongChang.

He responded by losing 35 pounds and starting up his own team, which soon earned the nickname "The Rejects". The Americans did not medal.

BBC's curling commentator Steve Cram said: "America have thoroughly deserved this, they deserve all the plaudits they've got". Regarding Shuster's double takeout, Annis said, "In the eighth end, I saw the double for five and knew the Gold was on that shot".

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