Shuster told NBC:
“It was fun to go out there and be the team and the player that got us here and that we've worked so hard to be."
They did work hard, and overcame a glut of disappointments and setbacks to reach the top of the podium. Team USA hadn't reached a curling semifinal since the 2006 Games in Turin, Italy. In that year, Shuster was on the team that won bronze, although medals evaded the Americans in the 2010 and 2014 Games.
Now, in an homage to the American hockey heroics of the 1980 Games in Lake Placid, NY, the US curling triumph has been dubbed the "Miracurl on Ice."
If this goes on to live on in Olympic lore like 1980, any forthcoming John Shuster biopic should include cameo from curling fan Mr. T. Just a thought.