Then came the "La La Land" moment.
"Congratulations to US Men's gold medal curling team!"
Enough with the jokes about sweeping and rocks and a bunch of beer-swilling guys playing a game better suited for a pub.
The Americans completed a five-point end, a rarity in the sport of curling, to clinch the victory over Sweden. He also delivered a huge takeout of two Sweden stones in the 7th end of the gold medal match. "And that's where the week changed for us and changed for me was to allow myself to go out there and enjoy it and let the work show through".
Five yellow-handled American rocks were left behind.
Aside from the curlers, Minnesota athletes also took home medals in women's hockey (eight with Minnesota ties were on the team that won gold), cross country skiing (Afton's Jessie Diggins won gold) and downhill skiing (Burnsville native Lindsey Vonn won bronze).
"It wasn't a big deal at all, I promise", Schuster said after the ceremony. "(The Swedes) margin for error got incredibly small". Shuster then overshot on his last delivery and Sweden was able to score two and again take the lead, but by the sixth Team USA had retaken the lead.
Kyle Mack claimed the final medal for the Americans in the men's snowboarding big air competition, where he took silver behind Canada's Sebastian Toutant.
"It feels nearly unbelievable", said curler Matt Hamilton immediately after the match. They had gotten the medals stamped for the winners of the other tournament. Really, it was just to compose ourselves.
Of course, they didn't get *everything* right.
Duluth Curling Club President Linda Christensen was in the crowd to watch the men's final curling match and the win was "unbelievable, so cool".
The men's team became the first American team to win a gold medal in the sport.. The episode had Russian Federation winning the bronze medal, while Switzerland took the real-life gold in Pyeongchang. The Americans lost four of their first six matches.
Then came, "Sorry, not interested", when usa officials wanted to revive their program by shedding the past.
After watching the US achieve the improbable, I couldn't help but to feel a sense of deja-vu.
John Shuster, John Landsteiner, Matt Hamilton and Tyler George all received the wrong medals.
Despite the team's best efforts, fans were amused, and a bit horrified when Delta tweeted back that they were delighted the team would be flying Delta, but they couldn't offer an upgrade. On the brink of elimination again, they reeled off five consecutive victories.
"I walked my family all the way to the farthest fan entrance to put them on bus", he recalled. "I can't tell you how much that fueled us. Seriously. This is the Olympics"'.