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WINTER OLYMPICS

USA curlers celebrate after beating Sweden in Olympic final, despite medal mishap

America's men's curlers produced a dramatic win over Sweden to win their first Olympic gold medal and delight a growing army of fans back home -- and then received the wrong medals.

USA curlers celebrate after beating Sweden in Olympic final, despite medal mishap
Matt Hamilton of the United States and Sweden's Oskar Eriksson during the men's curling final at Gangneung Curling Centre. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Skip John Shuster and his team wore puzzled looks as they realised they had been given women's medals instead of men's after their 10-7 victory on Saturday.

But Shuster brushed off the mix-up as the team celebrated their famous and unexpected victory, which was sealed by a rare five-pointer with two ends to go.

“It's no big deal,” beamed Shuster, who was competing at his fourth Olympics and was part of the USA team that took bronze in Turin in 2006.

“From the first time we stepped onto the ice to the last rock we threw I'll never stop thinking what these guys have done for me,” he added, smiling at his team-mates.

Sweden, whose skip Niklas Edin made a couple of crucial errors, reduced the gap to three points going into the last end but the Swedes finally conceded with one stone left.

Shuster delivered a hammer (last throw) blow that lifted the Americans five points clear 10-5.

“It feels almost unbelievable, but we came out here with great intensity and just had to believe we could do it, and make our shots,” said America's Matt 'Ham' Hamilton.

Carl XVI Gustaf, the Swedish monarch, was amongst the amongst the 3,000 crowd for the final in Gangneung, as was Ivanka Trump, daughter of US president Donald Trump.

The teams were led out for the curling climax by a kilted Korean playing 'Scotland The Brave' on bagpipes, in a nod to the sport's origins in medieval Scotland.

The Swedes were 2-0 up by the second end, but the US team levelled immediately, and went 3-2 up in the fourth end with their yellow stone deemed an infinitesimal amount closer to the tee than Sweden's red.

The irked Swedes make for dangerous foes and they wasted no time bouncing back, skip Edin throwing a perfect hammer to put the Scandinavians back in front at 4-3.

But to enthusiastic support from supporters in stars and stripes, Shuster had his men back in front at 5-4 after a mistake by his opposite number.

Shuster then pulled off his master throw to secure the US a stunning five-pointer to go 10-5 up and earn the US a famous success.

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WINTER OLYMPICS

Sweden advances to Olympic hockey quarter-finals

Two-time defending champion Canada, unbeaten Sweden and undefeated Czech Republic advanced to the Olympic men's hockey quarter-finals with impressive victories on Sunday.

Sweden advances to Olympic hockey quarter-finals
Sweden's Patrik Zackrisson celebrates scoring against Finland during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on Sunday. Photo: Jung Yeon-je / AFP
Sweden, which took 2014 silver at Sochi, defeated Finland 3-1 while the Czech Republic downed Switzerland 4-1 and the Canadians blanked South Korea 4-0 to book a last-eight date.
 
“It's a big win,” Sweden's Joel Lundqvist said. “We played really well. We were just battling out there.”
 
Together with the Olympic Athletes from Russia, seeking the first Olympic gold for Russian talent since 1992, they will enjoy a break until Wednesday's tension-packed knockout quarter-finals.
 
“For sure it's one of the scariest games of the Olympics,” Czech veteran Martin Erat said. “You work to get there and if you don't win, you don't get anything and you go home.”
 
The United States and Finland could be ousted before the quarter-finals. They are among eight teams who face knockout matches Tuesday to decide the other four spots in the quarter-finals.
 
“Now it gets real,” Czech assistant coach Jaroslav Modry said.
 
The Americans will face Slovakia, whom they edged 2-1 in group play thanks to two goals from Harvard University star Ryan Donato. The winner meets the Czechs in the quarter-finals.
 
Canada's quarter-final foe will be the Finland-South Korea winner while Sweden awaits either Germany or Switzerland.
 
“We have a very important game coming up for sure,” Lundqvist said. “We're happy so far but if we lose the quarter-final it will be so disappointing.”
 
Patrik Zackrisson broke a 1-1 deadlock with 11:07 remaining in the third period to lift Sweden to victory, Oscar Maller adding an empty-net tally five seconds from the end to seal Finland's fate.