Hasselborg looking forward to Jonkoping World Cup leg
Swedish skip backs European stage of inaugural World Cup
Winter Olympic gold medallist Anna Hasselborg says her team are ‘really looking forward’ to Jonkoping hosting the European stage of the inaugural Curling World Cup.
The Swedish city will play host to the third leg of the ground-breaking competition in January 2019, after Suzhou, China and Omaha, United States play out the opening two stages. The World Cup roadshow then returns to China for the Grand Final, with Beijing hosting the blue riband event.
Team Hasselborg defeated South Korea’s Team Kim 8-3 in this year’s Olympic Games gold medal match, but were denied Ford World Women’s Championship success in March by Canada’s Team Jones in a thrilling gold medal game that ended 7-6 after an extra end.
Skip Hasselborg, lead Sofia Mabergs and third Sara McManus also featured in the World Championship All-Star Team after a stellar tournament, alongside Russia’s second Galina Arsenkina.
The 29-year-old Swedish skip – who also picked up silver medals in the 2016 and 2017 European Championships – admitted she couldn’t wait to have the added home support in the first inaugural competition.
“We are super happy to have such a big competition such as the Curling World Cup here in Jonkoping,” Hasselborg said.
“It’s great for us to get all of our Swedish fans and supporters to come and watch us playing at this high level here in Sweden.
“We are really looking forward to playing in Jonkoping and hope we will have a great crowd to support us.”
The Curling World Cup will be the first to allow teams to represent their country while earning prize money, with up to $165,000 to play for in each of the first three events, before ramping up to $280,000 in the Grand Final.
Other additions in the competition include a one-stone shootout if a game finishes in a tie, as well as coaches being positioned at ice level and able to interact with their athletes between ends.