On Saturday, February 24th, the U.S. men’s curling team defeated Sweden 10-7 to win the gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in a sensational — and history-making — performance.
After John Shuster led Team USA to victory in PyeongChang, South Korea, the men were overjoyed about their big win. And although they successfully stunned Sweden, the world’s No. 1 team, not everything went as planned when it came time to hand out medals. In fact, after the medal ceremony concluded, Shuster and the other guys quickly realized they had been awarded the wrong medals.
But the medals dangling around their necks weren’t silver or bronze. No, the U.S. men’s curling team (with the exception of team member John Landsteiner) had actually received the gold medals for…wait for it…women’s curling. Hey, a medal is a medal, right?
At the press conference following the ceremony, the curlers were good sports (pun intended) about the hilarious snafu. Proving that nothing can get in the way of their high spirits, Shuster laughed it off. “It wasn’t a big deal, I promise,” he said. By the time the team was in front of the cameras and chatting with reporters, the mistake had been corrected and everyone had happily received their proper medals.
Unsurprisingly, Twitter loved the mix-up over the men’s curling medals.
We’re glad the curlers took it all in stride. While the mishap at the medal ceremony was certainly unexpected, it did make for a good laugh. With a handful of Olympic events still remaining — the women’s curling finals included — here’s hoping everyone else receives the correct medals.