Norway name their line-ups for Omaha
Plenty of Olympic pedigree in rinks selected to represent Norway in the Nebraskan city
Norway Curling Association has announced a strong line-up for the second leg of the Curling World Cup in Omaha.
Team Ulsrud will be flying the flag for Norway in the men’s event from 5-9 December and will have big shoes to fill after their compatriots Team Walstad finished runners-up in Suzhou in September.
The rink’s skip, Thomas Ulsrud, is a veteran of the sport having won an Olympic silver in Vancouver eight years ago, five World Championship medals – including gold in 2014 - and a staggering 11 European medals.
The rink consists of lead Haavard Vad Petersson, second Christoffer Svae and third Torger Nergaard – a line-up which has been unchanged for 11 seasons.
Team Ulsrud are also known for their eye-catching trousers, which proved popular when initially revealed in 2010 and have become an iconic feature whenever the Norwegians take to the ice.
The Norwegian rink began their season by winning the Baden Masters for the third time in their career by beating Sweden’s Team Edin 5-2 in the final, in addition to securing bragging rights over compatriots Team Walstad in the semi-final.
The rink will be accompanied by fellow Olympic medallists, Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten, who won bronze earlier this year in PyeongChang.
Skaslien competed in Suzhou with Sander Roelvaag and finished second in their pool but will be reunited in Omaha with regular partner – on and off the ice – Nedregotten.
The duo has already had success this season with a victory in the Mixed Doubles International in Tallinn last month, with victory over Switzerland’s Martin Rios and Jenny Perret in the final.
Nedregotten was part of Team Walstad’s successful run to the men’s final in Suzhou and will hope to go one better in Omaha and book his place in the Grand Final next year in Beijing.