St. Paul, Minn. – Senator David Tomassoni today rose on the senate floor to congratulate fellow Chisholm native John Shuster and his teammates on winning the United States’ first-ever Olympic gold medal in curling. The entire senate chamber rose to a standing ovation in response to Sen. Tomassoni’s speech.
“So the gold medal story is one for the ages,” said Sen. Tomassoni. “It’s a ‘miracurl’ and demonstration of courage and individual determination. I’m very proud of the John Shuster rink, the gold medal winning 2018 Curling Team and Coach Phil Drobnick of Eveleth!”
Sen. Tomassoni, who played on Italy’s Olympic hockey team in the 1984 games, graduated from Chisholm High School with Skip John Shuster’s dad, Tom. John grew up and played sports with Sen. Tomassoni’s two sons. The Chisholm Curling Club, located a half block from Sen. Tomassoni’s home, is where John Shuster learned to curl.
Video of Sen. Tomassoni’s speech on the senate floor today is available here (begin video at 7:27):
About Senator David Tomassoni
David Tomassoni, of Chisholm, is a six-term state senator who represents St. Louis County. He is the Ranking Member of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, and is a member of the E-12 Finance and Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Policy committees.