Winter Olympics 2018: United States men defeat Sweden for first curling gold

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The men's curling team shocked the world after coming from behind to claim gold, beating Sweden for the victory 10-7.

In a post on Twitter, writer Rob LaZebnik pointed out that on an episode of The Simpsons back in 2010, Homer actually ended up helping to win the curling gold medal way back when.

The Americans received a good luck call from Mr. T before the match. Not the first time the United States beat Sweden, though. Team Shuster had hammer going into the eighth end and with his final stone the skip threw a flawless double takeout to lay five in the end and take an nearly insurmountable 10-5 lead.

"Believing in ourselves, playing the way we know how", said John Landsteiner.

To chants of "U.S.A", four gold medalists from the men's team, along with two women's team members, followed a bagpiper into a packed ballroom through a canopy of curling brooms held up by local players. Maybe she can give Team Shuster some tips on being an Olympic Champion. The remaining rocks were used to methodically pick off Sweden's until there weren't enough left to catch up. Clearly, the Swedes, with Niklas Edin as skip, had their eyes set on gold this time.

Sweden finished first in pool play with a 7-2 record while the Americans barely sneaked into the playoffs with a 5-4 record.

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United States of America could have been back home in Wisconsin by now after a disastrous start to the Pyeongchang Games, when they lost four of their first six matches.

How big was Team USA curling skip John Shuster early Saturday morning?

It was only after the ceremony that four of those five U.S. curlers realized they were wearing medals meant for the winners of the women's competition. The pressure was on Edin, but the skip couldn't take out the stone he wanted, unlike US vice Tyler George, who left Sweden lying four against after a fine shot aided by some strong sweeping from John Landsteiner.

Once a harmless childhood show, now the predictor of our many major qualms - The Simpsons have struck again with an eight-year-old prediction that Team USA would take gold in curling against Sweden and they damn well did it last night.

Speaking on the decisive blow, Shuster said: "During the entire end you could kind of feel it building, [Sweden's] margin for error got incredibly small".

Dustin Tomasetti, who grew up with Shuster on the Iron Range, predicts Team USA's victory will grow the sport more than ever before.

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