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United States curling team qualifies for Sochi
United States beats Czech Republic 8-5 in curling playoff to qualify for Winter Olympics
Associated Press
2013-12-15 11:01 PM

FUESSEN, Germany (AP) -- The United States qualified for the men's curling tournament at the Winter Olympics in Sochi with an 8-5 playoff victory over the Czech Republic on Sunday.

The Americans, skipped by John Shuster, seized the advantage in the eighth end by scoring five points for a 7-3 lead.

The Czechs pulled two back in the ninth, but Shuster's team of third Jeff Isaacson, second Jared Zezel and lead John Landsteiner ended with another point to secure the second Olympic berth on offer at the qualification event in the Bavarian town of Fuessen.

The Czechs were playing their second playoff in as many days after losing to Germany for the first Olympic berth Saturday.

China qualified for the women's tournament in Sochi next year by beating Japan 7-6 earlier Sunday.

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