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John Shuster Rink Of Duluth Moves On To Germany Qualifying For Olympic Curling After Exciting Win

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John Shuster had a great week in Fargo, ND. He won the round robin to become one of the two teams to playoff, narrowly lost a match with former team mate Pete Fenson, then went up 11 to 1 only to have Fenson concede.

John Shuster (Duluth, Minn.) Jeff Isaacson (Gilbert, Minn.), Jared Zezel (Duluth, Minn.), and John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.) will now represent the U.S. at the Olympic Qualification Event Dec. 10-15 in Fuessen, Germany, where they’ll compete with seven other countries for the final two berths for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in February.

The match started with Pete Fenson missing a shot that gave up 2 points to John Shuster, then got a point to be only down by 1 in the second end. That’s when the wheels fell off. Fenson blew a couple of shots that gave Shuster 5 points in the 3rd end, when Fenson missed another shot giving up 4 points in the fourth end, Pete Fenson had enough. The announcers for NBC and the house went silent not expecting Fenson to concede.

Shuster tells USA curling’s Terry Kolesar “That’s curling and that happens,When you get behind in curling or start pressing it a little bit, that is something that can absolutely happen,” Shuster said about the lopsided score today. It’s unfortunate for those guys and for TV that today was one of those but that seriously is the sport.”

So now John’s team heads to the Olympic Qualifier Dec. 10 at the BLZ Arena in Fuessen, Germany. Team USA will compete against the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Korea, Japan, and New Zealand for the final two berths to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. John must place in the top 3 in order to have a chance at the Olympics.

Good Luck John and team!!

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