Curling: Shuster repeats win over Sweden
John Shuster did it again.
The Chisholm native and Duluth Curling Club skip defeated Sweden's Niklas Edin again — just like he did in the 2018 Winter Olympics gold-medal match — as the American men captured the second stage of the Curling World Cup on Sunday at Ralston Arena in Omaha, Neb.
Shuster and his team of Chris Plys and John Landsteiner of Duluth and Matt Hamilton of McFarland, Wis., took advantage of opportunities when they came in a 3-1 win over Sweden.
"What a great tournament, some great curling out here and some really great teams," Shuster said in a news release. "I'm really proud to get a win anytime you have your country on your back."
Sweden had multiple chances to capitalize on to score points on the U.S. but missed shots at the most inopportune times.
The win netted Team Shuster $20,000 and a spot in the Grand Final of the Curling World Cup next May in Beijing, China, where an even larger prize pool will be available.
"This was a really nice win for us. I feel like we've been playing well so to earn a spot in Beijing is good," Landsteiner said. "It'll be pretty late in the season, but it's definitely something to look forward to."
It was the first major tournament win this season for the Shuster team and first with Plys as their new vice skip after Duluth's Tyler George stepped away from competitive curling.
"It feels good. We've actually played really well this year on arena ice," Plys said. "We think that this team can be not just a Grand Slam team but a top-five team in the world. So far on our performance together I think we're on the right track toward that."