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Chisholm reacts to hometown hero John Shuster's Olympic gold-medal win

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CHISHOLM, MN -

The gold-medal winning US men's curling team is led by John Shuster.

While the entire country is proud of Team Shuster's historic gold medal win, Chisholm has extra reason to smile.

That's Shuster's hometown, and they are eager to talk about their hero. 

"Everybody in Chisholm is so proud of the entire team," said Lori Bennett, a Team Shuster fan.

When you drive into Chisholm, the first thing you see is a list of champions.

One of them being, John Shuster, the skip for the US men's curling team.

"He's a credit to curling," said Bill Loushine, a member of the Chisholm Curling Club. 

Back when Shuster won the bronze medal in the 2006 Olympics, the Iron Range city was beaming with pride.

That feeling has multiplied, though, now  that he's a gold medalist.

"It's just great that somebody from our small little town can go and capture a world title and beat the best curlers in the world," said Mark Wangensteen, a banker at Chisholm's First National Bank.

Even over 6,000 miles away, fans in Chisholm felt the pure joy Shuster did.

"I was really proud," said Bennett. "I myself I had tears in my eyes."

"It was so exciting. I was so happy for them," said Tom & Jerry's bartender, Sarah Jo Stecker. "They did awesome. I cried."

It had been trial and error for Shuster the past 12 years.

"He had a couple of rough Olympics after that and he caught a lot of heat," Loushine said.

But he didn't go through it alone. His hometown was there with him.

"I was just nervous watching them in the Olympic trials," Wangensteen said. "I watched every game. I got up at midnight ans stayed up till four in the morning." 

The team, which at one point had dubbed themselves the 'rejects,' wasn't expected to win.

Bennett said, "first of all, everybody had already counted them out."

But that didn't stop them.

"I believe it's the Iron Range attitude," said Bennett. "You come back, you fight, and you do it. And that's what he did."

Banners dating back to 2002 that recognize all of Shuster's accomplishments hang in the Chisholm Curling Club, with one more to be added.

"Now John's the world's best curler," said Wangensteen.

Bennett said, "I am proud to be from Chisholm and I know he is also."

"Now they call this the 'Mira-Curl On Ice," Loushine said.

The celebration for Team Shuster continues on Tuesday 4:30 - 6 p.m. at the DECC when they'll be joined by other Northland Olympians.


 

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