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MEN'S CURLING: U.S. picks up first win in Sochi

Skip John Shuster of the U.S. delivers a stone as lead John Landsteiner and second Jared Zezel, a BSU student, sweep ahead of it during their men's curling round robin game against Denmark at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

The U.S. men's curling team picked up its first win of the 2014 Winter Olympics today, beating Denmark 9-5 at the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi, Russia.

The Americans, led by Duluth's John Shuster, improved to 1-2 in the nine-match round-robin competition going into a match against Great Britain on Thursday.

"We definitely got some breaks out there today, that's for sure. They missed some shots they probably shouldn't have. But we still played well," Shuster told USA Curling.

The U.S. team also includes Jeff Isaacson of Gilbert, Jared Zezel of Hibbing, a BSU student, and John Landsteiner of Duluth. The Americans outshot the Danes 85 to 76 percent.

Denmark jumped out to a 3-0 lead with a double takeout in the first end, but then didn't score again until the ninth end. The U.S., meanwhile, picked up two points in the second end and tied the match in the third. The Americans stole two points in the fourth end and took their first lead of the Olympics when the Danes' final stone over-curled.

The rinks traded double takeouts in the final two ends — the Danes in the ninth and the U.S. in the 10th to seal the win.

"It's definitely better than 0-3," Landsteiner told USA Curling after the win. "They (Denmark) were having a bad day, and we were playing well."

In the men's standings, China, Norway and Sweden all stood at 3-0 midway through Wednesday's matches. Great Britain was 2-1, with Canada, Denmark, Switzerland and the U.S. all at 1-2. Germany and Russia were winless at 0-3.

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