Shuster, John


TeammatesJeff Isaacson, Jared Zezel, John Landsteiner
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BornNov. 3, 1982, in Chisholm, Minn..
HometownChisholm, Minn.
OccupationAssistant manager, Duluth Curling Club
Year started curling1997
Height6 feet
Weight195 pounds
Education Bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Minnesota-Duluth



  • Olympic Winter Games: 2010 (10th), 2006 (bronze)
  • U.S. Olympic Team Trials: 2009 (champion), 2005 (champion)
  • U.S. National Championships: 2013 (bronze), 2012 (bronze), 2011 (6th), 2010 (5th), 2009 (champion), 2008 (6th), 2006 (champion), 2005 (champion), 2004 (runner-up), 2003 (champion)
  • World Championships: 2009 (5th), 2006 (4th), 2005 (6th), 2003 (8th)
  • World University Games: 2007 (gold)
  • World Curling Tour Players Championship: 2006 (quarterfinalist), 2005 (quarterfinalist)
  • U.S. Junior Nationals: 2004 (champion), 2002 (runner-up)
  • Minnesota State Championships: 2003 (runner-up)
  • Minnesota State Junior Championships: 2004 (champion), 2003 (runner-up),2002 (champion)
  • Minnesota State High School Curling Championships: 1999 (champion)
  • John was featured in Sports Illustrated "Faces in the Crowd" section in February 2004
  • USA Curling Team of the Year: 2006
  • USA Curling Male Athlete of the Year: 2009
  • U.S. Olympic Committee Team of the Year: 2006

About John Shuster:

View photos of John through the years


Nickname: Shoostie

Curls out of: Duluth (Minn.) Curling Club

Curling start: "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 he enjoys most about the sport: "I enjoy meeting new people and making new friends, even at the highest levels of competition."

Curling family: "My dad, mom, sister and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins all participate in our holiday bonspiel that the Shuster family trophy is awarded."

Other Olympic sport he'd like to try: Freestyle aerials

Curling goals: "Curl in the Olympics and medal. Curl at World Championships and medal."

Other sports: Baseball, golf, watching any sports on TV, fishing, hunting, fantasy football, wakeboarding, Halo 2

Training regimen: I curl in three leagues a week, and throw 50 rocks a day, followed by a game or two of cards."

Hobbies: "Hunting, fishing, wakeboarding, fantasy football and raising our three dogs."

Favorite motivational quote: "Everything happens for a reason."

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