Curling Night in America returns for a fifth season on NBCSN on Fridays, featuring Olympic champion John Shuster‘s team.
The weekly series, running through Dec. 14, features members from all three U.S. Olympic teams — three members from Shuster’s rink, the first U.S. Olympic gold-medal team, plus four from Nina Roth‘s team and mixed doubles siblings Matt and Becca Hamilton.
The U.S. teams faced Italy, China and Japan from Aug. 27-29 in Minnesota, with a points system to determine the season winners in each division.
All NBCSN telecasts will also stream on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.
The game is marketed as “developed and endorsed” by the U.S. Olympic men’s curling team of John Shuster, Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner and Joe Polo that made a stunning run to gold in PyeongChang.
The game features little stones that curl and is similar to shuffleboard, plus a curling 101 guidebook.
The idea was hatched by an Ambassador Games employee in Hong Kong shortly after the Olympics.
Team Shuster competed two weeks ago for the first time since PyeongChang and has at least four events planned through the end of October.
George has left the team for an indefinite break from the sport, replaced by veteran Chris Plys. It was Plys who replaced Shuster in the lineup at the 2010 Olympics, when Shuster was benched after an 0-4 start.
Curler John Landsteiner lost his U.S. Olympic ring on Huntington Beach in California. Doctor Rings & Things found it.
Landsteiner, part of the first U.S. Olympic champion curling team from February, dropped the ring about 10 to 20 feet into the Pacific Ocean on July 19, while he was in Southern California to attend the ESPY Awards, according to Reddit.
Landsteiner turned to Reddit and metal-detecting websites, posting the coordinates of where he lost it, hoping it washed ashore and that a sincere stranger could find it.
Enter Leon Jones, aka Doctor Rings & Things. Jones is a regular treasure hunter, posting his searches on YouTube. Jones found the ring this week and, through local TV station KTLA, video chatted with Landsteiner.
“It means a lot to me,” Landsteiner said, according to KTLA, adding that he will fly to California to take Jones out to dinner. “Tears were shed the night it disappeared.”
Rings are given to all U.S. Olympians, not just those who earn medals. Landsteiner’s last name was engraved on the ring, helping Jones identify its owner.