No shanty's, no gas powered augers and believe it or not... no gloves. Team USA's captain, Mike McNett says, " it's just raw human power out here."
The beautiful weather conditions made for poor fishing. Myron Gilbert, a member of team USA says it's to be expected, "If you're disappointed because fishing wasn't easy, you've come to the wrong place."
Athletes from 12 nations represented their countries, all willing the fish in the Big Eau Pleine to bite, so they could head home with the Gold.
Walking through the zones of this ice fishing tournament is like a soup of languages. A little Russian to the right, some Polish to the left, but the major difference in culture is the way the teams support each other. The Americans like a lot of cheering and clapping, but the Europeans like to show their seriousness by keeping it quiet. Almost like a golf tournament.
Gilbert says not to put too much weight in that, "Don't let them fool you, when we're when we're in their home country believe me, they have plenty of fans surrounding and cheering them on very loudly, so now that we have the home field advantage, we're going to take advantage."
After two tough days of slow fishing, American Chad Schaub earned the bronze medal in the individual competition with 676 grams of fish. Finishing just two points away from Gold. He says it's hard to celebrate when all he wanted was a Gold for the team, "It's pretty exciting. I'm still a little nervous and shocked but I wish it was gold and I wish we had a team medal more."
Team USA finished in fourth place, and Russia took home the Gold.
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