He started from the bottom, and now he's here.
Chisholm, Minn. native John Shuster hit a double takeout in the eighth end and scored five, all but ensuring a win in the gold medal men's curling match at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.
His only reaction? A smile. One that's become more and more common.
"I didn't want that to be my story," Shuster said afterward, referencing ninth and 10th place finishes at his last two Olympics. "I didn't want that to define me, to define this team. We came out and had fun with each other, and look what happened."
What happened was an incredible comeback story. Not only did Shuster have to battle through some demons from his past Olympics, he and his American teammates had to fight through a (2-4) start in this year's preliminary round.
Three straight wins in the preliminary round got the United States into the medal round, and a second straight upset win over Canada got them into the gold medal match.
"We're not done yet," Duluth, Minn. native Tyler George said after that semifinal.
He wasn't kidding.
The United States matched Sweden, the No. 1 ranked team in the world, shot for shot through Saturday's gold medal match. The teams were tied at 5-5 through seven ends, and it was time for Shuster to deliver the shot of his life.
With four American rocks already in the house, Shuster threw a double takeout to score five and essentially seal the gold medal for the United States.
"It's unreal," he said. "We remembered middle of last week why curling was fun, and we just came out here and had fun again. That's when things turned."
The gold medal is the first-ever for the United States in men's curling and only the second medal ever. Shuster was part of the 2006 Olympic team that won bronze, and he was the only one of this year's team with a previous medal.
The other members of the United States gold medal team are George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner, and Joe Polo. The team is coached by Phil Drobnick.
More than a hundred people watched the game live overnight at the Duluth Curling Club. The gathering was featured multiple times during the game on NBCSN.
Check back at kbjr6.com throughout the morning for more updates on the gold medal win, including reaction from an all-night viewing party at the Duluth Curling Club.