Jonkoping plays key part in Sweden’s curling heritage
Host city for Curling World Cup leg three has played its part in nation’s illustrious curling history
Curling has a rich heritage in Sweden. The famous blue and yellow has featured on the podium in six of the seven Olympic Winter Games that the sport has been included, including three gold medal-winning rinks. Sweden has also won 16 world championships and 31 European gold medals.
At the end of this month, the nation will take centre stage once more as the Greatest Collide at Jonkoping Curling Club. Home hopes Team Anna Hasselborg and Team Niklas Edin, both world number ones, will be among the title favourites.
The city of Jonkoping is situated off Lake Vaattern in southern Sweden, 325km away from the capital Stockholm, with a population of less than 100,000. It is home to some of Sweden’s most famous exports including ABBA’s Agnetha Faaltskog and The Cardigans lead singer Nina Persson.
The Jonkoping Curling Hall is one of Europe’s finest curling venues and hosts numerous events throughout the season, including the Swedish National Championships. The current hall was opened in 2012 and features six sheets.
The venue is home to the venerable Jonkoping Curling Club, which was started in 1961 in less likely surroundings. Games were played on golf courses in nearby Kettelstorp and Bymarksvallen until they found a home at the weekends, playing second fiddle to ice hockey.
The club helped organise the 1985 World Women’s Curling Championship at the Rosenlundshallen Arena in the centre of Jonkoping. The final was contested by Canada and Scotland – skipped by Linda Moore and Isobel Torrance Jr. respectively – with Moore’s team triumphant.
The championships played host to some of the finest curlers that year including future world and Olympic medallists Lindsay Sparkes, Jackie Lockhart and Helena Lavrsen. The Swedish rink were skipped by Inga Arfwidsson, who still competes on the senior circuit today.
The hall will provide an intimate setting for the curlers from across the globe, with the 300-capacity venue expected to be full between 30 January – 3 February.
Click here to book your ticket for leg three and see if home heroes Team Anna Hasselborg, Team Niklas Edin and mixed doubles pair Camilla and Per Noreen can book places in the Grand Final in May.