Team U.S.A.? More Like Team Minnesota

“I texted Gigi before This kind of commenced — you win the gold, along with we’ll win the state tournament. She said, ‘You’re on.’ So we’ve got some work to do.”

Just across the state border in Hudson, Wis., the 1998 women’s hockey gold medalist Karyn Bye Dietz watched the final minutes with her children, Tatum, 14, along with Brody, 12.

“My kids went to bed, however they both told me to wake them up,” said Bye Dietz. “This kind of was exciting. This kind of brought back so many memories. I knew exactly how they felt. Then they showed Canada, along with Marie-Philip Poulin was crying uncontrollably. I’ve been there, too.”

Dick Wicklund, curling manager of the Duluth Curling Club, where Shuster along with his team practice, said about 35 hard-core fans gathered at the club at 5 a.m. Thursday for coffee along with sweet rolls to watch a livestream of Shuster’s game. The club will hold a viewing party for the gold medal game early Saturday morning, he said.

John Benton, a 2010 curling Olympian who manages the Four Seasons Club in Blaine, also skipped the hockey game after watching curling live at home Thursday morning, though he caught the hockey highlights later. A teammate of Shuster’s in 2010, Benton applauded Shuster’s determination to bounce back coming from two heavily criticized Olympic performances along with lead his team to the brink of a gold medal.

When Benton arrived at work Thursday, he said, the phone was “ringing off the hook” coming from people eager to learn how to curl, so much in which Benton scheduled more time for lessons. Curling is usually booming all over the country, along with especially here. As recently as 2010 there was only one curling club within the Twin Cities, in St. Paul. today there are all 5, that has a sixth set to open in June. Pete Fenson of Bemidji led, or skipped as This kind of is usually known within the sport, the United States to a bronze medal in 2006.

“We’ve spent a lot of time being a novelty,” he said. “Our niche has gotten pretty legitimized.”

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