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Early deficit dooms U.S. men’s Olympic curling team in loss to Sweden

February 16, 2018

The United States men’s curling team fell behind by a large margin early on Friday and wasn’t able to recover.

Sweden scored four in the first end and stole a point in the second en route to a 10-4 defeat of the American team, which features McFarland’s Matt Hamilton and Superior’s John Shuster.

Shuster, the skip, conceded after eight ends, and the U.S. fell to 1-2 in the nine-game round robin.

Sweden was set up for a big opening end and made it count after Shuster’s last shot sailed through the house. Skip Niklas Edin delivered an extra stone into the rings for a fourth Swedish point.

“I was a tiny bit light there with my first one and I just overcompensated. I was trying to give it six more feet and it went 10 more feet,” Shuster said. “You can’t give up four points to Niklas Edin in the first end and expect to have a win. Out there, after something like that, you are just trying to battle and find deuces and those guys made every double that we showed them.”

The U.S. cut into Sweden’s lead with its only multiple-point end, two in the seventh to make it 8-4.

But Sweden responded with two in the eighth.

Hamilton shot 86 percent for the game. Shuster shot 66 percent.

The U.S. was due to play Denmark later Friday (5:05 a.m. Madison time).

Skeleton

Prairie du Chien’s Matt Antoine had his slowest run in the fourth and final heat, finishing in 51.34 seconds.

With a combined time of 3:24.39 over four runs, Antoine placed 11th. He was 3.84 seconds behind gold medalist Yun Sung-bin of South Korea.

Antoine, who won the skeleton bronze medal in Sochi four years ago, was ninth entering the final heat.