Skaslien excited to ‘reunite’ with Nedregotten
Olympic bronze medallists to represent Norway at the second leg of the Curling World Cup.
Kristin Skaslien says winning in Omaha next week and reaching the Curling World Cup Grand Final in Beijing would be the highlight of her season.
Skaslien, 32, has had a busy couple of weeks after skipping her rink to promotion to European’s elite next season by defeating hosts Estonia 7-6 in the B Division final at the Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships.
But her focus now returns to mixed doubles as she reunites with her partner – on and off the ice – Magnus Nedregotten, who were Olympic bronze medallists in PyeongChang earlier this year.
“So far this season we have not played that much together,” said Skaslien. “We had a good tournament in Tallinn at the end of September, but otherwise we have focused on our men's and women's teams preparing for the Europeans.
“Now it's time to reunite, so we are really excited to pairing up again for Omaha.“
Like many, it will be the first time competing in the United States for the pair and with Canada’s success in the first leg, Skaslien is keen to challenge for the title.
“Omaha is new to us, we have not played in the US before, so looking forward to experiencing Ralston Arena and expecting a cheering crowd.
“With Canada winning all three events in the first leg, we have to try to do something about that!”
Both Skaslien and Nedregotten competed in Suzhou but Nedregotten played with Team Steffan Walstad and Skaslien teamed up with Sander Roelvaag in the mixed doubles instead.
“Playing the first leg in China was a great experience, so reaching the Grand Final in Beijing would definitely be a highlight of the season,” insisted Skaslien.
“The Curling World Cup has brought more chances to represent your country, which is always an honour. Adding elements such as thinking time per end and shoot outs is refreshing to our sport!