The setting is not Pyeongchang, South Korea, but the situation is akin to the 2018 Winter Olympics for the U.S. men’s curling team.
John Shuster’s Duluth Curling Club team won twice Wednesday at the World Men’s Curling Championship in Lethbridge, Alberta, to improve to 6-2 in the round-robin standings and set itself up for a possible playoff berth.
Team USA downed Joel Retornaz’s Italy rink 8-3, controlling the match from beginning to end, then rallied from a 3-0 deficit to upend Qiang Zou’s Chinese team 7-5.
“That showed a lot from us that we weren’t about to give up,” vice skip Chris Plys of Duluth said in a news release. “We just kept on making shots, and needed to win each end after we fell into that early deficit - and we did. We got a couple of misses from them late that helped us out as well.”
Shuster, who won Olympic gold a year ago, faces once-beaten Japan and Canada in pivotal matches today.