John Landsteiner

John Landsteiner (born May 19, 1990) is an American curler and two-time Olympian. He competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics and won gold as part of John Shuster's rink in the 2018 Winter Olympics.[2]

John Landsteiner
Born (1990-05-19) May 19, 1990
Team
Curling clubDuluth CC,
Duluth, MN
SkipJohn Shuster
ThirdChris Plys
SecondMatt Hamilton
LeadJohn Landsteiner
AlternateKorey Dropkin
Career
World Championship
appearances
4 (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019)
Olympic
appearances
2 (2014, 2018)

Career

Landsteiner was a prolific junior curler, playing in the United States Junior Curling Championships 6 times, every year from 2007 through 2011. His best finish was 2010 when his team earned the silver medal.[3] In 2011 Landsteiner participated at the World Junior Championships as alternate for the American team.[4]

Since 2012 Landsteiner has played lead for John Shuster's team. With this team Landsteiner has played in seven US National Championships, only missing one year, 2018, because of obligations after the Olympics. Of the seven appearances at the National Championship, Team Shuster earned a medal six times, including gold in 2015, 2017, and 2019.

Landsteiner's team placed first at the 2013 United States Olympic Curling Trials,[3] then earned the final qualification spot for the 2014 Olympics at the qualification event when they won the second qualifier 8–5 over the Czech Republic.[5] At the Winter Games the American men finished 9th out of 10 teams, with a record of 2-7.[6]

After the 2014 Olympics, Landsteiner and Team Shuster continued to represent the United States at the highest levels of international competition, competing in three consecutive World Championships.[7] Their best finish was in 2016, when they defeated Japan 8-6 to win the bronze medal.[8]

At the 2017 United States Olympic Curling Trials Landsteiner and his team beat Heath McCormick's team in a best-of-three final series to represent the US at the Olympics a second time. At the 2018 Winter Olympics Team Shuster finished round robin in 3rd place with a record of 5-4. They defeated Team Koe from Canada in the semifinals 5-3. In the finals they played Niklas Edin and Team Sweden, the Americans winning 10-7 in 9 ends.[9] This was the first Olympic gold medal in curling for the United States.

Landsteiner and Team Shuster again won the US National Championship in 2019.[10] At the 2019 World Championship they finished 5th.[11]

Personal life

Landsteiner's hometown is Mapleton, Minnesota and he currently resides in Duluth, Minnesota. He currently works as a corrosion engineer for Lake Superior Consulting[12] and is married.[13]

Teams

SeasonSkipThirdSecondLeadEvents
2011–12John ShusterZach JacobsonJared ZezelJohn Landsteiner2012 USNCC
2012–13John ShusterJeff IsaacsonJared ZezelJohn Landsteiner2013 USNCC
2013–14John ShusterJeff IsaacsonJared ZezelJohn Landsteiner2013 USOCT
2014 USNCC (5th)
2014 OG (9th)
2014–15John ShusterTyler GeorgeMatt HamiltonJohn Landsteiner2015 USNCC
2015 WCC (5th)
2015–16John ShusterTyler GeorgeMatt HamiltonJohn Landsteiner2016 USNCC
2016 WCC
2016–17John ShusterTyler GeorgeMatt HamiltonJohn Landsteiner2017 USNCC
2017 WCC (4th)
2017–18John ShusterTyler GeorgeMatt HamiltonJohn Landsteiner2017 USOCT
2018 OG
2018–19John ShusterChris PlysMatt HamiltonJohn Landsteiner2019 USNCC
2019 WCC (5th)
2019–20John ShusterChris PlysMatt HamiltonJohn Landsteiner

References

  1. https://www.teamusa.org/usa-curling/athletes/John-Landsteiner
  2. http://espn.go.com/olympics/curling/story/_/id/10140816/us-men-curling-team-earns-spot-sochi
  3. "John Landsteiner". Team USA. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  4. "World Junior Curling Championships 2011: Tournament details". results.worldcurling.org. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  5. http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/u-s-beats-czech-republic-8-5-in-men-s-curling-playoff-1.1593552
  6. "XXII. Olympic Winter Games 2014: Tournament details". results.worldcurling.org. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  7. "John Landsteiner". World Curling Federation. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  8. "World Men's Curling Championship 2016: Tournament details". results.worldcurling.org. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  9. "XXIII. Olympic Winter Games 2018: Tournament details". results.worldcurling.org. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  10. "Shuster claims seventh national title as he leads team in Kalamazoo". Team USA. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  11. "Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men's Curling Championship 2019: Tournament details". results.worldcurling.org. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  12. 2018 Continental Cup Media Guide
  13. 2017 Ford Worlds Media Guide: Team USA
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