Edin ‘hungry’ for Beijing success after two final defeats
World champions excited for season-ending Grand Final in China.
After three legs, two finals and zero gold medals. Sweden skip Niklas Edin has one last shot at Curling World Cup glory this season when his world championship-winning team head to Beijing for the Grand Final.
Just weeks on from his fourth world title triumph, 33-year-old Edin is aiming to finish his season on a high with victory in the Chinese capital – having sustained a few wounds in the first three legs in Suzhou, Omaha and Jonkoping.
“We’re super excited to go back to Beijing! Even more so to play in the Curling World Cup Grand Final,” said Edin.
“It has been a great season and lots of fun seeing this new event series taking form and I’m sure this will be one to remember.”
After coming off the 2017-2018 season with Olympic silver medals around their necks and claiming another runners-up finish in the European Curling Championship towards the end of last year, it has been a long campaign for the Swedes.
But with victory in Lethbridge, Canada – increasing Edin’s tally to four world titles – the Swedish skip is seeking a Curling World Cup medal which has so far proved elusive during the competition’s inaugural season.
After a highly eventful first leg in Suzhou ended after the group stage, the Swedes were defeated in the subsequent two finals – to Team John Shuster in Omaha and Team Matt Dunstone in Jonkoping. Edin says his unit are now aiming for revenge as they play the American and Canadian rinks twice in the round-robin stage.
“We started off a bit slow this season, being a bit mentally drained after a long Olympic cycle ending in tough way,” Edin continued.
“We worked our way back up though, and with the wins at worlds, we’re going into this event to try and grab another big title. It won’t be easy though by any means, we will have to play at our best and have some luck on our side.
“Losing in two finals definitely makes us even more hungry for this one! It has been a season of good results but only a couple of wins. We’ve been spoiled with good results in the past few years, so we want to get back to the top again.
“It will be super fun to play Team Dunstone and Team Shuster again. They have lots of talent and we always play close games against them.”
It will be Team Edin’s first time playing in Beijing – where the 2022 Olympic Winter Games will be held – and the skip admits they cannot wait.
“It’s going to be brilliant. It will be our first time competing in Beijing but we’ve been there before, so got a bit of sightseeing done. Hopefully we’ll have some time to explore a bit more this time!”