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United States head coach Robb Stauber shows his distaste for the referees after a missed penalty. NBC

Not a good day for Canada.

Then the ultimate indignity: Men's curling loses in the semifinals to ... wait, what, the United States?

"I never felt for one minute that it wasn't going to work out", said Stauber, who celebrated an NCAA championship when serving as UMD's goalie coach.

It was so good that it left you wanting - wanting for more real hockey and not to be decided by a shootout.

As she fought through tears speaking to reporters following the game, an IIHF official pulled her aside to remind the 29-year-old of the "legal" reasons why she must wear her medal.

The Russians are guaranteed an Olympic medal in men's ice hockey for the first time since the 2002 Salt Lake City Games where they won bronze.

The shocking 5-3 defeat to their southern neighbor means they can do no better than bronze.

After the USA tied the game at 2-2 late in the third period, the game headed to overtime.

And Team USA, suddenly, incredibly, faces Sweden for the gold late Friday night (10:35 p.m. PST). In the three games, Team USA won the gold, silver and bronze, consecutively.

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"He said, 'Hey, let's form our own Team of Rejects and see what we can do, '" USA second Matt Hamilton said.

"(Canadian skip Kevin Koe) made a few, but he also missed a few so I think that the fact that we usually play very aggressive, that's our style of play and that's the way to play against these guys".

That the US men even reached the medal round took a minor miracle after opening round-robin play 2-4. The key shot from the Canadians was trying to sneak past a USA guard stone and instead nudged it by maybe a quarter-inch, enough to alter its course. "It's a title no one can take away from us". Unfortunately for us, we just didn't play our best games in the playoffs.

"There's always a part of you inside that [feels] it's hard, because you feel you let your country down, but at the same time when you look at it from a bigger picture, a global picture, there's positive in it".

"It's more individual and less of a team thing", Szabados said.

The silver medal was so disappointing for Canadian defender Jocelyne Larocque that she took it off just moments after it was draped around her neck.

The Americans took a 1-0 lead in PyeongChang but lost their way as Canada went up 2-1.

After playing lead and vice skip for Fenson, Shuster became a skip at the senior level, but his teams only placed 10th in 2010 and ninth in 2014. "We come from a rich history of curling where we won everything, and that's not the way it is any more". "We forget that sport is war because participation trophies and the like have inured us to the reality of athletic endeavor".

Porteous, aged 16 years and 91 days, is the youngest Kiwi to win an Olympic medal, while Sadowski-Synnoty is the second youngest at 16 years and 353 days.

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