Olympic Gold means big turnout for Utica Curling Club Olympic Open House

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The US team upset the odds to win their first ever gold medal in the competition while - you guessed it - Sweden came second.

Team USA beat Sweden to win the gold medal in the men's curling at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Saturday.

About 80 of Team Shuster's family members and friends were at the final match against Sweden, changing their tickets with other spectators until they were all sitting together in one cheering section, Linda Christensen said.

The Americans received a good luck call from Mr. T before the match.

This happened to be US ice dancer Evan Bates' first in-person curling experience.

The Swedes would not be rattled, answering with two in the fifth as the seesaw battle continued with the US replying with a pair in the sixth and Sweden getting one back in the seventh to leave the teams deadlocked on 5-5 with three ends to play.

As we know, this isn't The Simpsons first tango with the future.

You can view a clip of the episode above, as Homer and Marge help an injury-depleted US squad avoid conceding to Sweden. Clearly, the Swedes, with Niklas Edin as skip, had their eyes set on gold this time.

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Sweden scored first in the game and the lead went back and forth between Sweden and the USA.

They are blue collar guys who've earned Olympic Gold, led by a skip named John Shuster, who after finishing last in 2010 and next to last in 2014 never gave up.

The Americans' victory over three-time defending Olympic champions Canada, which came down to the last stone, stunned the curling world.

USA Curling reached out to Delta Airlines via Twitter and asked them for a modest request-upgrades for the gold medal winners. The United States, which featured Shuster as skip alongside teammates Tyler George, Matt Hamilton and John Landsteiner, opened up round-robin play with a 2-4 record but managed to claw back into contention, eventually ousting Canada, 5-3, in a semifinal on Thursday. Thanks to this, the United States took home their first gold medal in the sport.

"From the day the 2014 Olympics came to an end, every single day was with this journey in mind", said Shuster, adding he was inspired by the tale of U.S. speed skating great Dan Jansen who broke a 10-year curse to finally win Olympic gold in his last race at Lillehammer in 1994.

Speaking on the decisive blow, Shuster said: "During the entire end you could kind of feel it building, [Sweden's] margin for error got incredibly small".

Then he looked around at the adoring crowd, and said how ecstatic he was to see a lot of faces he didn't recognize.

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