When the U.S. men's Olympic curling team faced the media this week, it was obvious to all that they were a bunch of young, enthusiastic guys, eager to hit the ice. Well, young at heart at least.
U.S. curling captain John Shuster stuck out his tongue in the middle of a match and uttered for all to hear on television at home, "I hate this stupid game." His exasperation was understandable. Shuster won a bronze medal at the 2006 Torino Olympics and assembled a team of close friends for what he figured would be another special run in Canada.
As the pilot for the USA-1 bobsled, I broke a 62-year gold medal drought when my sled, the 'Night Train" won the Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A degenerative eye condition nearly caused me to quit my sport in 2008, but corrective surgery restored my vision to 20-20.