Germany claims shock Olympic ice hockey victory over Canada

USA hockey coach

It's tough to beat the same team twice in one week. The victory books Germany's first trip to the Olympic gold medal game in hockey history, an incredible feat that required major upsets over several teams.

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — After he had a disastrous showing at the 2014 Olympics, John Shuster received an email that informed him that he had been dropped from the USA Curlings high-performance program.

The young women on the Bobcat Team at Cornerstone Community Center can't get enough of the wonderful finish by Team USA.

Goalie Pavel Francouz got the Czechs to the semifinals by stopping the United States in a shootout victory in the quarterfinals. OAR will be going for their first gold since 1992, when the Unified team defeated Canada 3-1 in the final game.

Tied 2-2 in the eighth end Thursday, the USA stole two points when Canada skip Kevin Koe's last throw was errant.

"He (Shuster) played good". Canada had an advantage known as the hammer, the right to throw the final rock of the end. But a shot by Canadian skip Kevin Koe was too light, and the USA was able to steal two to take the lead for good. Anyone that's been watching the grand slams of curling, we've got European teams winning all the time. As he made hard shots, Koe faltered on simpler ones, and a series of mistakes in the eighth end - which finished with a draw for one point that did not make it to the house - doomed Canada's chances.

The game had ended 2-2 after overtime.

The eighth was the only stolen end for either team in the game, but proved to be the difference maker.

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The team lost four of its first six matches in pool play, leaving them one more defeat from elimination.

'Please understand this was a moment in time that I truly wish I could take back, ' Larocque said.

When the USA beat Canada in its favorite ice sport, it made Shuster feel like anything was possible. "It's called "Oops, I did it again" and I'm just thrilled beyond words".

"We had a lot of fun".

That day, a story popped up on his Facebook timeline about Dan Jansen, the American speedskater who kept returning to the Olympics until he finally won a gold medal. It was the first - and, before Sunday - the only Olympic medal an American curling team has ever won.

For those who stayed up late to see the medal ceremony, we witnessed a ideal example of why the silver medal is often the worst medal, and why winning bronze can often feel like a better result for the athletes involved.

Team Shuster even has the support of a whole football team.

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