USA Curling Team Meme | It was not his performance rolling the rock sliding the stone that brought him back into the public consciousness on Monday morning, but rather his new bad-boy style that can best be characterized as a cross between Burt Reynolds and AJ Hawk that landed him back in the public zeitgeist.
Take a look, fellow patriots.
After the Olympics, George decided to take a vacation from competitive curling, and Team Shuster brought in Chris Plys to take his position at third. The team, which had undergone several changes, maintained its winning ways by capturing gold at the 2019 United States Men’s Championship.
So, with their loss to Japan in the first round of the World Men’s Championship in 2019, they finished fifth in the overall standings. With a victory against Rich Ruohonen in the final of the 2020 United States Men’s Championship, they retained their United States championship. They finished the tournament unbeaten.
If you recall, Hamilton was the driving force behind Team USA’s first-ever curling gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics, and he quickly became a meme due to his eerie similarity to a certain Nintendo plumber.
As a member of the 2009 United States Olympic Trials squad, which served as the national championship that year, Hamilton finished in eighth place with a 3–6 record, which was good enough for eighth place overall.
Hamilton was a member of Jeremy Roe’s squad for the 2009–10 season, finishing third. As Paul Pustovar’s second in the run-up to the 2011 United States Men’s Curling Championship, he helped the team advance through the Medford qualifier and the challenge round, ultimately qualifying for the National Championship. He took over for Pustovar as skip in the Nationals, and he ended in eighth place with a 3–6 win-loss record.
Since the 2011–12 curling season, Hamilton has shared the third position with Craig Brown for the last three seasons. Hamilton’s first men’s championship medal came from his participation in the 2014 National Championship, which earned him a silver medal. It’s hard to think, but the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing will have been and gone by the time this year rolls around again.
When we were falling in love with Russian curlers and hanging on every biathlon trigger pull feels like it was yesterday, and now it is time to understand the difference between Super G and downhill skiing once again. In this strange world of winter sports, though, one individual sticks out among the rest of the internet’s acclimatization process:
The 2017 Global Mixed Doubles Title was Hamilton’s second world curling championship of the season, after his victory with his sister and doubled partner Becca Hamilton in the United States Championship earlier in the year. In Lethbridge, Alberta, they won their group during the round-robin phase and were seeded second, heading into the playoffs. However, they finished in tenth place overall after finishing first in their group.