Canada takes Olympic bronze after beating Czech Republic 6-4

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 24, 2018

After helping the U.S.to a bronze medal at the 2006 Turin Games, the Americans' next two trips to the Olympics were unmitigated disasters: last place in 2010 and next-to-last place in 2014.

With the score deadlocked at 5-5 after seven ends, United States skip John Shuster provided a moment of real magic with a pinpoint double take-out to score five and open up an unassailable gap.

"It's a decision based on whether I have the passion and the desire and skillset to continue to play, and I think that's what we all strive for when that all came about", Lamoureux-Davidson said Friday.

"We could feel it building".

"We did our homework as players, and to come out and not get the win tonight is a huge disappointment for us and I think, emotionally, it's really tough for everybody", said Noreau.

John Shuster delivers a stone while John Landsteiner and Matt Hamilton look on during the men's curling gold-medal game against Sweden at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 24, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

At a tournament where the National Hockey League stars stayed away, the Canadians who played at the Pyeongchang Games were just ecstatic not to be going home empty-handed. "Sweden falling apart like every piece of Ikea furniture I've ever owned #Curling #usa", another said while watching the match.

After the 2006 Games, he skipped the USA team in two consecutive Olympics.

Members of the US women's hockey team, from left, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, Monique Lamoureux-Morando, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Maddie Rooney pose with their gold medals Friday in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Maxim Noreau is tied with Finland's Sami Lepisto for the Olympic lead in points by a defenceman with five (two goals, three assists), he's also a plus-five through the four games. That assured the Swedes of one point, and Niklas Edin put a perfectly delivered stone through the area that stopped close - scoring two points. She said that her "emotions got the better of me" as she was devastated that her team did not take gold.

But a late USA goal from Monique Lamoureux took the match into sudden-death overtime at 2-2, and she netted the decisive goal to snatch the gold.

"Take it from me and being on the wrong side at the World Championships, we knew what the rules were going in and we should have ended it in overtime and we didn't and it goes to a shootout and you never know".

"We took penalties in the second, we just took ourselves out in the second", Team Canada coach Willie Desjardins said. Noreau expected that he would be given another opportunity to showcase his potential, but he never got his shot. One team comes as no surprise, while the other might be the biggest surprise in tournament history.

"I'm proud of everybody here", George said. "It just sucks. Just couldn't pull it out when we needed to". "It's fun for the fans, but maybe not in a gold medal game like that". However, two of those guys on the Swedish team were at [US rink member] Matt Hamilton's wedding.

For a sport that just four years ago was at risk of losing financial support by the U.S. Olympic Committee, they could see an influx of athletes, young athletes, all hoping to be the next Shuster or Hamilton.

"Team Reject", they called themselves.

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