Sunday 10 April 2016
The USA took Bronze medals after beating Japan by 8-6 in Sunday (10 April) morning's Bronze Medal Game at the World Men's Curling Championship 2016, held in St Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland.
This win gives the USA its first medal since 2007, when skip Todd Birr and his team also won the Bronze medal, and comes after their semi-final loss to Denmark and earlier 5-4 victory in Saturday's (9 April) Page 3-4 play-off game, also against Japan *.
USA skip John Shuster and his team – third Tyler George, second player Matt Hamilton, lead John Landsteiner and alternate Kroy Nernberger – came out strong, scoring four points in the first two ends, including a draw into the house for three points in the opening end.
In the third end, Japan's skip Yusuke Morozumi drew his last stone onto the button, gently tapping back a USA stone to score two points and reduce the Americans' lead to 4-2. In the fifth end, Morozumi hit-out a USA stone at the back of the house to score another two points and keep in touch with USA, who now led by 5-4.
Another hit in the seventh end by Morozumi gave Japan two points again, this time to level the score at 6-6. In the eighth end, USA's Shuster had a miss with his last stone and had to settle for just one point and a 7-6 lead, rather than the two he was looking for.
After blanking the ninth end, Japan's Morozumi had a chance to win in the tenth end but his attempted draw for the two points hit a front guard and nudged in a USA stone to let the Americans steal one point from the end, win the game by 8-6 and take the Bronze medals.
Coverage on World Curling TV will continue today (Sunday 10 April) with Canada v Denmark in the Gold Medal Game, at 15.00 (CET). Due to broadcast partner rights, the stream may not be available in your country. See http://wcf.co/1UL0YyM for more information.
* In the WCF report on that game, we mistakenly said that a USA stone had been "re-positioned". This was not the case and we apologise for this error).
They Said It
John Shuster; USA skip (after 8-6 Bronze final win over Japan): “It feels great. We worked the whole year to be here in this moment. To bring a medal home for our country is something special. Those guys [Japan] played incredible after having a tough first end. Playing defence for eight ends is next to impossible with this ice and these calibre of teams. We were very fortunate to come away with a win but I’m extremely proud of how well our team functioned this week."
Kosuke Morozumi; Japan lead (after 6-8 Bronze final loss to USA): "We did as well as we can. We feel sad about our loss and also that we had a chance for two in the last end. But it's over – our record here is good for Japanese curling and we will try to get back here next year again."
RESULT, Bronze Medal Game
Japan 6-8 USA
STANDINGS after Bronze Medal Game
Canada 11-1: qualified Gold Medal Game
Denmark 9-4: qualified Gold Medal Game
USA 10-4: Bronze
WCTV highlights Next broadcast on www.youtube.com/worldcurlingtv, Gold Medal Game between Canada and Denmark at 15.00 (CET, Sunday 10 April)