The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are off and running and while Team USA ranks high in the overall medal count, the Men’s Curling team is going to need to step up in order to add to that total.
Monday kicked off the US Men’s Curling schedule as all ten teams participate in a Round Robin tournament in order to qualify for the Playoff Round. In its first match, Team USA lost to Norway by a score of 7-4. Although they ended up with a loss, USA can be proud of this opening match and build on it to try to advance to the next round.
Norway arrived in Sochi as the No. 4 ranked team in the world, according to the World Curling Federation’s website. After finishing a strong 2012-2013 campaign, the Norwegians boasted a clearing of four spots in the rankings and over 200 points earned over the US. This was a match American fans could have expected their favorite team to lose.
Although a win was not out of the question against Norway, it would have been tough to upset the team which finished just outside of the final four at the 2013 World Curling Championships in Canada last year. The men of USA need to keep their heads up and remember that they still have eight more matches until their fates are sealed.
USA will resume play on Tuesday with a match against China which is winnable. China does sit one ranking above the US and finished better at the World Championship and they are coming off a 7-4 win over Denmark. Nevertheless, China could fall to USA who need great leadership from their skip, John Shuster and a great performance from their lead, John Landsteiner.