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U.S. men’s curling team enjoying media tour

Team USA stands for the national anthem during the medal presentation on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics — Gangneung Curling Centre. (Carlos Gonzalez/Minneapolis Star Tribune)

The Olympic U.S. men’s curling team made an appearance NBC’s “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon on Friday night.

During the interview, Fallon asked the team about the eighth end in the gold medal game on Feb. 24 when skip John Shuster racked up five points with the last throw of the end against Sweden to go up 10-5, essentially securing the gold medal win in South Korea.

Since then, the team missed the national curling championships in Fargo this weekend to go on a media tour around the country with multiple appearances on the East Coast.

“We’ve been going on this whirlwind media tour and it’s been mind-blowing,” Matt Hamilton said Friday on “The Tonight Show.”

The team opened the New York Stock Exchange Friday morning by ringing the bell before taping “The Tonight Show.” On Saturday, the team started the day with an appearance on “Today” and then attended the NHL Stadium series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Washington Capitals at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

The team took to the ice to drop the puck in Olympic curling style: by curling it to center ice on a rock. Characterizing the team’s puck drop, NBC Olympics tweeted, “When you’re at a hockey game but curling is life.”

The U.S. team includes Shuster, a Chisholm native now living in Superior, John Landsteiner and Tyler George of Duluth, Hamilton of McFarland, Wis., and alternate Joe Polo of Duluth.

To end the interview on “The Tonight Show,” Fallon had the team take the show to commercial by reviving their karaoke version of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” — which was first sung during an NBC Sports Network interview after the gold medal game in South Korea.

Taking a moment to reflect on what led to their media tour this weekend, George tweeted on Saturday, “All our stops have reminded us how the American people lifted us up on their shoulders. I’ve never felt such a sense of pride. Thank you to the country we love.”

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