Winter Games Athletes
A mainstay for the United States curling squad, Shuster has qualified for a third straight Olympics and is looking to get back on the podium. He was the lead for the team that won the bronze medal at the Turin Games in 2006, which marked the only time the U.S. has ever won a curling medal at the Olympics. He was not nearly as successful in Vancouver, however, as he skipped an American team that finished last and dropped seven of nine matches. During that stretch, he was unexpectedly benched for a group match against France due to poor play. Shuster has struggled to recover from that disappointing finish, falling in the semifinals of the U.S. championships in 2012 and ’13 after winning it four times, most recently in ’09. Still, he’s among the most experienced curlers in U.S. history, participating in four world championships and finishing fifth in 2009. Shuster earned his return to the Olympics by winning the U.S. trials in November before beating the Czech Republic 8-5 in a playoff at the qualifying tournament the following month.