23 August 2018

Grand Final ‘would be highlight of my career’

WCF / Richard Gray

Norway's Olympic bronze medallist sets sights on reaching Beijing

Norway’s Kristin Moen Skaslien says reaching the Curling World Cup Grand Final in Beijing would be one of the highlights of her curling career.

Skaslien will partner Sander Roelvaag in the mixed doubles in the first leg of the inaugural series in Suzhou next month and already has her eyes set on qualifying for the final back in China in May.

“A good start is always a boost for the self-confidence and reaching the Grand Final in Beijing would be a highlight in my curling career,” said the 32-year-old.

Skasklien won bronze with long-time mixed doubles partner Magnus Nedregotten at the Winter Olympics earlier this year, but Nedregotten will instead play second for the men’s team led by Stefan Walstad in Suzhou.

Skasklien is nevertheless excited at the opportunity of joining with Roelvaag to fly the flag for Norway again.

She said: “Playing in my country's colours at the Curling World Cup means a lot, especially since this is the very first Curling World Cup to be played.

“I'm most looking forward to experiencing China since I have never been there before and also to meet the curling family again after a long summer break.

“Every game is going to be hard with such a high quality field, so it will definitely be tough to succeed. We will do our very best to be top in our group, but time will tell!”

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