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That’s nothing new to Shuster, who lived together with Isaacson and another teammate, Jason Smith, in a two-bedroom apartment in northern Minnesota in the run-up to Vancouver.

“You have to be friends off the ice in this sport,” Shuster says. “We all enjoy giving each other a fair amount of digs and joke around a little bit, but we keep it light and have the common goal of helping each other perform their best.”

Shuster believes a first men’s curling gold medal is an attainable target for the U.S. team, even though they are at a huge disadvantage to the likes of Sweden and Britain.

While these two top European teams are professional curlers, combining hard practice on the ice with daily gym sessions, the minimal funding the Americans receive barely covers their training expenses.

But like with everything else, Shuster is focusing on the positives.

“We played against three of medal favorites last week (in the Continental Cup) in Las Vegas - Sweden, Norway and Great Britain - and we basically played even against,” Shuster said, “so I think we’ll be right in the mix in Sochi.”