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As it turns out, during an episode that aired just over eight years ago - February 14, 2010 - the show accurately showed Homer and Marge winning a gold medal in curling for the United States. A flawless throw that barely required sweeping went right through the house for the takeout and a huge five point end for the double their score and take a 10-5 lead with two ends to play.

Sweden purposefully blanked the first end after both teams quickly ran through rocks, none of which stayed. The U.S. men's curling team members are hardly household names.

Sweden, whose skip Niklas Edin made a couple of crucial errors, reduced the gap to three points going into the last end but the Swedes finally conceded with one stone left.

Shuster picked Matt Hamilton, who had also been rejected by the USA Curling program, and talked longtime teammate John Landsteiner out of retirement after he had also not been chosen for the program, according to Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. (Although Sweden had two stones in the house, the end does not count in the score). With no other alternative, Shusters team chose to just have fun and see where that took them. Shuster has been the skip for the US team in every game since, but he has a strong history of choking- or "Shuttering"- at the Olympics. "We knew we were close, and to make the breakthrough here at the Olympics is just unbelievable".

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Cross-country skiers Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins won gold in the sprint freestyle, winning a medal in the event for Team USA for the first time since 1976 (and its first gold, to boot).

Against Sweden, which defeated the USA 10-4 in the round-robin part of the tournament, the Americans fell behind 2-0 after two ends but responded with two in the third and a steal of one in the fourth.

"When I missed (in the eighth), we knew for sure he was going to make that double, and we knew we were going to lose", said Edin, who said he threw in the spin to lighten the mood so that perhaps he could "get a silver medal without throwing it into the sea".

As the first-ever U.S. gold medallists in curling, the United States curling team was understandably excited about their success in what was a riveting match of curling against Sweden.

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Minnesota closed out the Olympics with style, added Shuster.

Switzerland, which beat Canada in the third-place game on Friday, joined the finalists on the podium to receive its bronze medals.

Sara says her husband didn't doubt that he was good enough to compete against the best in the world. "He is doing his best to cheer me on". "I can't tell you how much that fueled us".

Tomassoni recalled that after previous Olympic games disappointments, Team Shuster "became known as team reject". We are honoured to be your ride back home!

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"There are winners and there are champions", said Rick Patzke, USA Curling's chief executive. "I'm really happy to share that with the world".

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