USA Curling falls to Norway in Olympic opener

Shuster rink wins US curling trials

The Shuster Rink is competing as Team USA at the Sochi Olympics.

This morning the men’s Team USA curling team competed against Norway in its Olympic debut. Despite pulling within 5-3 in the middle of the match, Team USA, skipped by Chisholm native John Shuster, fell 7-4. The defeat is a disappointment for Team USA Curling not because they were favored (Norway is considered a strong medal contender), but because the match was quite close and the Shuster Rink missed opportunities in later ends.

The Norwegian curling team is probably best known for their colorful pants.

Norway Curling Team

We’ve talked about the underdog U.S. Curling team, but here’s their big time competition: the brightly dressed quartet from Norway.

They wore different pants in this match, but the idea was the same.

Meantime, the Team USA Curling women’s team lost to the Swiss. They next play the Russians late tonight/early tomorrow Minnesota time.

The men play China early tomorrow morning, Minnesota time. Both teams are in round robin play, hoping to qualify for the medal rounds. Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and Great Britain are considered the top teams, but others — like the USA, Finland, Denmark and China, sneak in for wins time to time.

The men’s USA Curling team is composed entirely of northern Minnesotans: Jeff Isaacson of Virginia and Jared Zezel of Hibbing are the Iron Rangers; John Landsteiner and Shuster live in Duluth.

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