Winter Olympics: Great Britain's men face curling play-off after defeat against USA

Winter Olympics: Great Britain's men face curling play-off after defeat against USA

The U.S. entered the game as the least-accurate shooting team in the tournament, and Shuster's 73 percent shooting was last among the Olympic skips. Let's just hope it's not too late. They came in as unit and stuck together as a unit.

Shuster, 35, first competed in curling at the Torino winter games in 2006, where he won the bronze medal.

"It was not much, just a couple of shots here and there, couple of big shots".

"We've still got a chance of making the semis so it's kind of the same situation we were in today - win and we're in - so we'll be back and we'll be playing better".

Sweden's Niklas Edin, despite a lopsided loss to Switzerland today, is the first men's team qualified for the semifinals.

The result left Great Britain in a three-way tie for third place alongside United States of America and Switzerland, with the Americans sent through on account of their better head-to-head record between the three teams.

The U.S. team with Madison-born athlete Joanne Firesteel Reid finished 15th in the mixed relay. "Be ourselves and bring the best version of ourselves out onto the ice - and give it everything", said Landsteiner said in a press release, as he discussed the team's plans going into the semifinal against Canada.

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The US men's team got wind of this and shot back with a deep, deep, DEEP burn. In the fifth end, the US answered back with a takeout to score three points and take a 5-3 lead into the second half.

"It was a team effort. We played a bit tentative and scared in Vancouver and it nearly bit us". When Smith's double takeout attempt just feathered the second stone, the USA men had a draw for two. The second end was heading toward a blank until Marc Kennedy's hit and roll buried a Canadian stone behind a high corner guard.

The U.S. got into a little trouble in the third end but a raise double takeout with Shuster's first skip stone made the final draw less complicated.

After a strong start, the Americans had conceded two consecutive steals to the Brits, with Shuster missing with the hammer in the third and fourth ends and conceding the United States' lead. Roth's draw attempt in response was unsuccessful, and the US gave up a steal of four to fall behind 6-3. Canada tied it twice, in the eighth and 10th ends, but never led after the second end.

Many Twitter users chimed in to support the curling team while also firing back at Alley for her comments.

Tiebreaker games, if needed, 9:05 a.m. "I think what we learned from our team is it doesn't matter what the other team does".