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6 Northland curlers going for gold at Winter Olympics

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After years of preparation, dreams are coming true for six Northland curlers, and the wait is almost over.

The American Men's and Women's Curling teams spent a week together in Japan for final training ahead of the games in South Korea.

For a few of the athletes, the Winter Games are business as usual, but it's a first time experience for two of them.

After nearly 30 years of training, Duluth native Tyler George is getting his first crack at the Winter Games.

"Just being an Olympian is the biggest thing period, since I've waited so long to do this," George said.

After finishing just short of qualifying for past Olympics, his wait is now over.

"Getting to experience something I've watched my friends and fellow competitors do multiple times."

Fellow first-timer Aileen Geving says it's finally time her hard work paid off, too.

"What I really want is to go to the Olympics, so I've put more and more time into this than anything else," she said. "It's been a lot of hard work, missed a lot of time with friends and family. I had to turn them away if I wanted to get to this point. I had to make some sacrifices."

Those lifelong sacrifices are paying off for the Duluthian.

"It means everything. I'm so proud to be a member of Team U.S.A., and I just want to do well for my country and myself."

As for John Shuster, this is nothing new for him. Heading to his fourth Olympics, he understands what it means to don the red, white and blue.

"Representing your country is the biggest honor," the Chisholm native said. "To be able to do it on a stage where people take a lot pride in country and where people can rally together, especially this time with political views. Generally during the Olympics everyone is one, being part of that with the red, white and blue, is supremely awesome."

As for the games on the ice, all three athletes think a medal is within reach. The pressure for a first time-athlete doesn't seem to be a problem.

"I look at it more as I'm happy it's us, and I'm excited, happy to represent the sport and country more than the pressures of doing it," George said.

But just being there isn't enough, as the teams look to bring home some hardware.

"We're looking for a medal for sure. No reason we couldn't take home a gold," Geving said.

George agrees.

"There's nothing saying we can't get a gold. There isn't a single team we haven't beaten."

George added that he is very excited to get Team U.S.A. gear for the opening ceremonies, as he would not wear any Olympic clothing until he was a part of the team.

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