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Shuster, U.S. men's curling in a hole

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It's been a rough week for the U.S. curlers. The men's and women's teams are a combined 0-7, and few people symbolize that futility like the men's skip, John Shuster.

The U.S. men had their closest shot at a win on Thursday. After leading Denmark, the Danes tied up the match. Shuster had a chance to win it with a final throw, but ended up moving the Danes closer to the button. This came after sending two stones wide right that could have scored points for the U.S.

Curling jumped into the U.S. spotlight in Turin when the Americans took bronze, with Shuster on the team, but they're in a tough spot now. They need a win today against Russia to save face and to have any shot at a medal.

Shuster is from Chisholm, Minn., a town movie and baseball fans will remember from "Field of Dreams." In the movie, "Moonlight" Graham of Chisholm gets another shot at his dream years after his death. Let's hope some of that movie magic extends to Shuster and his teammates today.

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