Canadian hockey player apologizes for removing silver medal during ceremony

The match was a nail-biter into the 8th End, when Shuster completed the most important shot in US curling history: a double takeout scoring five points giving the Americans a 10-5 lead going into the 9th End. With the hammer stone, Shuster knocked two Swedish stones out of the house and left two of the Americans' stones in the target - tying the score, 2-2.

Although the manner of the loss was cruel enough, the pain was amplified by the fact that it had been two decades and four Olympics since Canadian women have experienced anything other than the joy of celebrating gold.

Two-time gold medal soccer player Julie Foudy was there in person rooting for Team USA.

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA -John Shuster, the face of USA curling for the past four Winter Olympics - and all the good and bad those experiences have entailed - had a gold medal draped around his neck for the first time in his life Saturday. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch NBCSN live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app. It appeared they were headed for a similar finish at this year's tournament when they were 2-4 and staring at a matchup against Canada, the back-to-back-to-back defending Olympic gold medalists.

On Friday he delivered the first nail into Team Canada's gold-medal hopes at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

"It was fun to go out there and be the team and the player that got us here and that we've worked so hard to be", Shuster said after that game.

OAR will be big favorites in the gold medal game, but Canada and Sweden were big favorites as well.

From there, Sweden was playing catch-up. That left Shuster with a relatively mundane shot for an nearly unprecedented score.

The Swedes knew they were done, spending the last two ends simply playing for pride and working off their frustration. "I'd be more concerned if we weren't bitching about losing a few events".

"It's a little surreal right now still, just coming off of where we were to where we are now", USA vice skip Tyler George said after his team clinched a playoff spot.

He added, "We always knew we had it in us, but to do it when it matters most is what I'm most proud of overall". "Some things don't go the way they wanted but they just don't give up".

Then he shook hands to concede the match.

Sweden and the US took very different paths to get here.

"I can only say maybe the Canadians can practice (shootouts) a little more". We just didn't have it in the first period.

With Trump clapping along, the American fans in the crowd chanted "U-S-A!"

In the gold medal game, the United States will meet Sweden, who have mostly steamrolled through this tournament.

But when the Americans looked at the medals draped around their necks, there was a problem: They had been given the ones engraved for the women's winners.

The right medals were quickly retrieved and swapped out.

The Journey follows Canada's National Women's Team through the intensive six-month centralization process, with the focus on three players in particular - goaltender Shannon Szabados and forwards Rebecca Johnston and Natalie Spooner.

After a final flurry, the Czechs stood on the ice, propped on their sticks in disappointment at coming up short of their country's first medal since winning bronze at the 2006 Turin Games.

John Shuster was already a three-time Olympian and the most successful American curler in history when he applied for the USA high performance program after the Sochi Games.

But he performed so badly he was benched, and then finished ninth of 10 teams in Sochi.

They beat all of the teams chosen instead of them.

Canada will likely play for bronze without top-liner Gilbert Brule, who was ejected for a brutal hit to the head of David Wolf at center ice, one of several bad penalties by an uncharacteristically undisciplined team.

Edin will earn his second Olympic medal regardless of the championship game's outcome.

"I'm proud of everybody here", George said.

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