American curlers, including Bemidji's Joe Polo, win Olympic gold

United States of America beat Canada in the first women's ice hockey Winter Olympic final in 1998.

The U.S., with Shuster, Tyler George, Matt Hamilton and John Landsteiner, had two strategies coming in - limit Sweden's scoring and avoid the big end, and messy up the house with yellow rocks to force Sweden to make plays.

You can watch the gold medal-winning shot below.

After the ceremony, the players noticed that the back of the medals read, "women's curling".

John Shuster lines up a shot 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.

It was a day of sporting ignominy for hockey-mad Canada, winners of the last two Olympic gold medals in men's ice hockey.

They saw Shuster convert a double-takeout for a five-ender in the eighth - an exceedingly rare score that made it 10-5 and essentially clinched the win.

No U.S. curling team, men or women, had ever beaten Canada at the Winter Games.

Against Sweden, which defeated the US 10-4 in the round-robin part of the tournament, the Americans fell behind 2-0 after two ends but responded with two in the third and a steal of one in the fourth.

The only real miscue involving the Americans on Saturday came when officials mistakenly presented them with the women's gold medals, but that error was quickly corrected and switched for the correct ones.

Even reaching the finals felt like quite an accomplishment for the American team, considering the way it started this tournament. Hamilton shot 74 percent and Shuster was at 76 percent.

Sweden got two back in the ninth, but that meant the Americans would get the final rock in the 10th end. "We had our chances, but at the same time we missed a lot of shots, too, so we never really got into that semifinal feeling we had".

Switzerland, which beat Canada in the third-place game on Friday, joined the finalists on the podium to receive its bronze medals.

Team Canada defenceman Jocelyne Larocque has apologized for what she called an emotional reaction following her team's shootout loss to the Thursday's gold medal hockey game.

Twin sister Lamoureux-Morando added: "It's a move that our coach Peter Elander worked on with us over the last four years, not just on the goalie, but against defenders".

Trying to make history, this underdog team is dubbed "The Rejects". "At two of the last three world championships we were in similar positions, where we had to run the table to advance".

"I don't feel disappointed in our effort or the guys".

  • Julie Sanders