VANCOUVER, British Columbia—The Vancouver Olympic Centre is packed with more than 5,000 fans, and America’s curling skip, John Shuster, prepares to throw the hammer. He gazes intently across the sheet, lining up his shot. He glides and releases the stone just before the hog line, shouting “Whoa,” to the sweepers as the rock careens gracefully across the ice.
Bam! Team USA’s rock knocks Denmark’s right out of the house, in a classic example of a takeout.
“USA! USA! USA!” the crow cheers as the U.S. posts two points in the third end.
His teammate, John Benton, prepares to throw the first stone of the next end, serenely gliding across the ice like a crouching tiger. He shoots the roaring rock down the sheet, as the second and third furiously sweep the path in front of it.
Shuster screams “Hard! Hard!” loud enough for the entire stadium to hear.
“Whoa,” he calls as the stone nears the center of the house.
The rock lands in the 8-foot ring and the crowd gives a hearty round of applause.
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