John Shuster on brink of elimination at Olympic curling trials


John Shuster is one defeat from elimination at the U.S. Olympic Curling Trials, but that’s just where he thrives.

Team Shuster was upset in opening game of the best-of-three finals series for a spot in the Beijing Olympics in Omaha on Friday night.

A team skipped by Korey Dropkin, nicknamed the Young Bucks as three of the four are in their 20s, won 8-4. Shuster, who conceded with two ends left, must now take game two on Saturday to force a decider on Sunday.

Shuster started with the hammer as top seed, but he misfired in the opening end, giving Dropkin a steal of two. Dropkin never relinquished control.

Later Friday, Tabitha Peterson‘s favored team took game one of the women’s final 8-7 off a rink skipped by Cory Christensen. Team Peterson earned bronze at worlds last spring, the first U.S. women’s medal in 15 years.

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Four years ago, Shuster’s team also dropped the opener of the best-of-three Olympic Trials finals series (to a team that included Dropkin). Shuster won the next two.

Then in PyeongChang, Shuster prevailed in five consecutive must-win games, capped by the gold-medal game, to win the U.S.’ first Olympic curling title.

Dropkin, a 26-year-old eyeing his first Olympics, beat Shuster 6-1 in a round-robin game on Wednesday, but at that point Shuster had nothing to play for. He already clinched the top seed in the finals by winning his first eight games.

Earlier in round-robin play, Shuster edged Dropkin 8-7 in an extra end. Shuster won all of his other games by at least four, never being forced the full 10 ends.

Shuster, 39, is bidding to become the first person to compete in five Olympic curling tournaments as a medal sport, according to

Dropkin wants to become the youngest skip to win Olympic Trials since 2006. He captured U.S. junior titles in 2012, 2013 and 2016, then his first senior national title in May when Shuster didn’t compete.

Dropkin’s team includes two more would-be, first-time Olympians — Mark Fenner and Tom Howell. Plus 38-year-old Joe Polo, the unused alternate on Shuster’s team at the 2018 Olympics.

Polo, who still received a gold medal, competed at the 2006 Torino Games.

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U.S. men’s gymnastics team named for world championships

Asher Hong
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Asher Hong, Colt Walker and world pommel horse champion Stephen Nedoroscik were named to the last three spots on the U.S. men’s gymnastics team for the world championships that start in three weeks.

Brody Malone and Donnell Whittenburg earned the first spots on the team by placing first and second in the all-around at August’s U.S. Championships.

Hong, Walker and Nedoroscik were chosen by a committee after two days of selection camp competition in Colorado Springs this week. Malone and Whittenburg did not compete at the camp.

Hong, 18, will become the youngest U.S. man to compete at worlds since Danell Leyva in 2009. He nearly earned a spot on the team at the U.S. Championships, but erred on his 12th and final routine of that meet to drop from second to third in the all-around. At this week’s camp, Hong had the lowest all-around total of the four men competing on all six apparatuses, but selectors still chose him over Tokyo Olympians Yul Moldauer and Shane Wiskus.

Walker, a Stanford junior, will make his world championships debut. He would have placed second at nationals in August if a bonus system for attempting difficult skills wasn’t in place. With that bonus system not in place at the selection camp, he had the highest all-around total. The bonus system is not used at international meets such as world championships.

Nedoroscik rebounded from missing the Tokyo Olympic team to become the first American to win a world title on pommel horse last fall. Though he is the lone active U.S. male gymnast with a global gold medal, he was in danger of missing this five-man team because of struggles on the horse at the U.S. Championships. Nedoroscik, who does not compete on the other five apparatuses, put up his best horse routine of the season on the last day of the selection camp Wednesday.

Moldauer, who tweeted that he was sick all last week, was named the traveling alternate for worlds in Liverpool, Great Britain. It would be the first time that Moldauer, who was fourth in the all-around at last fall’s worlds, does not compete at worlds since 2015.

Though the U.S. has not made the team podium at an Olympics or worlds since 2014, it is boosted this year by the absence of Olympic champion Russia, whose athletes are banned indefinitely due to the war in Ukraine. In recent years, the U.S. has been among the nations in the second tier behind China, Japan and Russia, including in Tokyo, where the Americans were fifth.

The U.S. women’s world team of five will be announced after a selection camp in two weeks. Tokyo Olympians Jade Carey and Jordan Chiles are in contention.

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Paris 2024 Olympic marathon route unveiled

Paris 2024 Olympic Marathon
Paris 2024

The 2024 Olympic marathon route will take runners from Paris to Versailles and back.

The route announcement was made on the 233rd anniversary of one of the early, significant events of the French Revolution: the Women’s March on Versailles — “to pay tribute to the thousands of women who started their march at city hall to Versailles to take up their grievances to the king and ask for bread,” Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet said.

Last December, organizers announced the marathons will start at Hôtel de Ville (city hall, opposite Notre-Dame off the Seine River) and end at Les Invalides, a complex of museums and monuments one mile southeast of the Eiffel Tower.

On Wednesday, the rest of the route was unveiled — traversing the banks of the Seine west to the Palace of Versailles and then back east, passing the Eiffel Tower before the finish.

The men’s and women’s marathons will be on the last two days of the Games at 8 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET). It will be the first time that the women’s marathon is held on the last day of the Games after the men’s marathon traditionally occupied that slot.

A mass public marathon will also be held on the Olympic marathon route. The date has not been announced.

The full list of highlights among the marathon course:

• Hôtel de ville de Paris (start)
• Bourse de commerce
• Palais Brongniart
• Opéra Garnier
• Place Vendôme
• Jardin des Tuileries
• The Louvre
• Place de la Concorde
• The bridges of Paris
(Pont de l’Alma; Alexandre III;
Iéna; and more)
• Grand Palais
• Palais de Tokyo
• Jardins du Trocadéro
• Maison de la Radio
• Manufacture et Musées
nationaux de Sèvres
• Forêt domaniale
des Fausses-Reposes
• Monuments Pershing –
• Château de Versailles
• Forêt domaniale de Meudon
• Parc André Citroën
• Eiffel Tower
• Musée Rodin
• Esplanade des Invalides (finish)

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