American skip John Shuster says curlers at the Olympics have the added challenge of performing in front of a vocal and partisan crowd in a sport usually played in church-like silence.
Shuster had the last stone in hand on Friday with a pressure draw for victory against Russia in front of thousands of supporters hoping for him to miss.
"That's the home crowd," said Shuster, whose draw just missed its target and handed Russia a 7-6 win on a stolen point.
Crowd noise at Sochi's Ice Cube Curling Centre has been a talking point among athletes used to playing in much quieter settings.
At the 2014 world championship starting next month in Beijing, Shuster said he would "be able to hear a pin drop" if he had to make a similar shot.
"There it's curlers watching curling and here it's Russian Olympic fans cheering for Russia," said the American. "You get this no other place than the Olympics."
Russia's players are well aware that they are playing in front of a passionate crowd who are not used to watching curling.
Ahead of the Sochi Games Russian women's player Margarita Fomina expressed concerns supporters might cheer at inappropriate moments.
Shuster was grateful for the sportsmanship shown by Russia's players ahead of his crucial shot.
"Every single player on the Russian team was trying to get the fans to quieten down," he said.
"That's the class act that team is. They were trying to make it the way curling is supposed to be."