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    John Shuster
Age: 37
Birthplace: Chisholm, Minnesota
Resides: Superior, Wisconsin
Throws: Right
Profession: Public Speaker, Self-Employed
College/University: University of Minnesota - Duluth
In Own Words:
Curls out of: Duluth (Minn.) Curling Club

Curling Highlights:
* Olympic Winter Games: 2006 (bronze)
* U.S. Olympic Team Trials: 2005 (champion)
* U.S. National Championships: 2008, 2006 (champion), 2005 (champion), 2004 (runner-up), 2003 (champion)
* World Curling Championships: 2006 (4th), 2005 (6th), 2003 (8th)
* World University Games: 2007 (gold)
* World Curling Tour Players Championship: 2006 (quarterfinalist), 2005 (quarterfinalist)
* Minnesota State Championships: 2003 (runner-up)
* John was featured in Sports Illustrated "Faces in the Crowd" section in February 2004
* USA Curling Team of the Year: 2006
* U.S. Olympic Committee Team of the Year: 2006

Junior Highlights:
* U.S. Men's Junior Nationals: 2004 (champion), 2002 (runner-up)
* Minnesota State Junior Championships: 2004 (champion), 2003 (runner-up),2002 (champion)
* Minnesota State High School Curling Championships: 1999 (champion)

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Questions and Answers

Who\What introduced you to Curling?
My dad curls, so when I decided to hang up the basketball shoes, I needed a new winter activity. I went down to the club on Junior Night and have been hooked ever since.

What is your favourite sport other then curling?
Baseball, golf, watching any sports on TV, fishing, hunting, fantasy football, wakeboarding

What kind of Training Regimen do you follow?
I curl in three leagues a week, and throw 50 rocks a day, followed by a game or two of cards.

What kind of goals have you set for yourself?
Curl in the Olympics and medal. Curl at World Championships and medal.

Do others in your Family curl?
My dad, mom, sister and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins all participate in our holiday bonspiel that the Shuster family trophy is awarded.

What do you enjoy most about curling?
I enjoy meeting new people and making new friends, even at the highest levels of competition.

Other Olympic Sport you'd like to try?
Freestyle aerials

What is the best advice you've ever received?
Everything happens for a reason.

What hobbies do you have?
Hunting, fishing, wakeboarding, fantasy football, Halo 2 and raising our three dogs.

Any Nicknames?

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