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Gushue rink is back home with Olympic bronze on their necks

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Key takeaways: 

  • Fans fill the entrance at St. John’s International Airport.
  • The Gushue curling rink is back in Canada, welcomed by buddies and family, bearing Olympic bronze medals.
  •  Team skip Brad Gushue talked regarding how distinct and challenging it was to contest at the Games without the usual fans and family cheering for them. 

Brad Gushue returns to Canada with a bronze medal around his neck: 

The Gushue curling rink has reached in St. John’s, bringing with them items that customs officials overlook every day — Olympic awards. 

The squad’s bronzes are the second medals for team skip Brad Gushue and third Mark Nichols, who got home curling gold from the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy.

The Beijing Games were the first Olympic appearances for Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker, while Marc Kennedy scored his third. 

Walker fled home to Alberta to see family and was not on the ground in St. John’s on Tuesday.

“It feels amazing. The previous six, seven weeks have been quite an experience for our squad, but it’s still awesome to come home to see our kids and our wives,” Gushue informed reporters inside the St. John’s International Airport. 

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Brad Gushue arrives in St. John’s

The team fought its path into a medal clash in round-robin play before sinking its semi-final game against Sweden 5-3.

Canada defeated the United States 8-5 in the bronze medal match, while Sweden eventually won gold. 

“I don’t know if it was necessarily harder; it was just much distinct. Much, much different,” stated Gushue.

“Just with the entire pandemic, and us having to quarantine before this made it a little bit more of a challenge, and I think all of us began to miss home and miss our families,” he stated.

Nearly 100 individuals were in the airport lobby on Tuesday afternoon to greet the team back to the Rock.

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