Pyeongchang Olympics Curling Men

John Shuster, left, shares a hug with McFarland's Matt Hamilton while Tyler George and John Landsteiner also celebrate winning an Olympic men's curling match against Great Britain on Wednesday.

The U.S. Olympic men's curling team's comeback story plays on. The result was quite the opposite for the American women.

The men's team skipped by Superior's John Shuster and with McFarland's Matt Hamilton playing second qualified for the semifinals with a 10-4 victory Wednesday over Great Britain at Gangneung Curling Centre.

Hours later, the U.S. women's team, with McFarland's Nina Roth and Becca Hamilton, lost 9-6 to Sweden when a victory would have put it into a tiebreaker game.

The American women finished the tournament tied for fifth place at 4-5.

Shuster, Matt Hamilton and the U.S. men, meanwhile, claimed the third seed in the playoffs after tying for third at 5-4 and will have a rematch against Canada in the semifinals on Thursday (5:05 a.m. Madison time).

The U.S. was 2-4 and on the ropes before it started a three-game winning streak with a 9-7 victory over Canada in 11 ends on Monday.

On Wednesday, the men's team allowed steals of one point in the third and fourth ends to fall behind Great Britain 3-2 before surging ahead with three points in the fifth.

The British conceded after the U.S. stole four points in the eighth end.

"It's pretty awesome to be in the medal rounds and know that for sure we are one win away from a medal and two wins away from gold," Matt Hamilton said.

His sister, Becca Hamilton, wasn't able to extend her stay in the tournament. The American women lost their final two games to the top two teams in the tournament, South Korea and Sweden.

Sweden scored three points in the first end, but the U.S. chipped away at the deficit and tied the game 5-5 after seven ends.

The teams traded single points in the eighth and ninth ends, leaving Sweden with the last shot in the 10th. Roth's final effort caught a guard and wasn't able to get into a scoring position against three Swedish stones.

"We had our fate in our hands and didn't quite finish it out and execute," Roth said. "We battled back after a difficult first end very well. Sometimes it doesn’t quite work out for us. It didn't."

Because of tiebreakers, the U.S. women finished in the eighth position in the 10-team tournament.

"I am just very proud of how my team played," Roth said. "We handled the pressure like it was nothing and came out swinging against almost every team. There aren't many games that I would take back. I am just proud of how we played. We hung in there. We had our chance."


The U.S. team including Milwaukee's Brian Hansen and Marquette student Emery Lehman lost the D final of the team pursuit competition to Canada and finished last of eight teams.

The three-person American team, also including Jonathan Garcia, finished in 3:50.77, more than 8 seconds behind Canada.


Todd D. Milewski covers Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey and the UW Athletic Department for the Wisconsin State Journal.