Friday, February 19, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Tough But Necessary Move: USA Curling Replaces Shuster

Although Team USA's men's curling team is not mathematically out of the Medal Round it will take a miracle for them to pull the team out of the 0-4 hole they currently reside in. Rumors have been rampant about USA's skipper John Shuster being replace with an alternate player after Shuster has personally missed 3 shots that gave the match to their opponent.

Shuster won a Bronze Medal with Team USA in 2006 but with all the errors he has made and with Chris Plys, the 2008 world junior champion, in the wings there was little doubt a change would occur.

It's a tough call to make in the middle of the tournament but Team USA is the only winless team and Shuster was an obvious problem.

The only other alternative would be to shuffle the lineup but Plys is a media darling and adding him back to the lineup would hopefully provide the spark needed to get USA through the tournament.

Desperate times call for desperate measures so the U.S. men's curling team at the 2010 Winter Olympics has shaken up its lineup in a major way.

USA Curling announced that veteran skip John Shuster is now out of the lineup and will be replaced by Chris Plys, the 2008 world junior champion, who had been an alternate.

The team plays France on Friday afternoon at the Vancouver Olympic Centre.

Shuster lost his first four games and three of them were in extra ends where he missed his final shot — allowing the other teams to steal victories.

Although Shuster told reporters that nothing was going to change on his team, he was wrong.

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