26 October 2018

Sweden bring out the big guns again in Omaha

WCF / Celine Stucki

Team Edin and Team Hasselborg given another crack at Curling World Cup glory

Sweden have added yet more star names to the field at the Curling World Cup second leg by selecting Team Anna Hasselborg and Team Niklas Edin to compete in Omaha.

Olympic champions Team Hasselborg reached the final of the first leg in Suzhou in September where they went down 7-3 to Canada’s Team Rachel Homan. They will hope to go one better in December and seal their place in May’s Grand Final in Beijing.

Skip Hasselborg, third Sara McManus, second Agnes Knochenhauer and lead Sofia Mabergs followed up that strong performance in China by taking victory at the Princess Auto Elite 10 in Chatham, Ontario, then winning again in front of a home crowd the following week at the Stockholm Ladies’ Cup.

Omaha will also give Team Edin a second crack at Curling World Cup gold after several slices of bad luck befell them in Suzhou.

Skip Edin played despite still recovering from surgery over the summer, but second Rasmus Wranaa sustained a back injury which forced Sweden to play with three men in two matches.

WCF / Celine Stucki

They finished second in their group, seven points behind Norway, and Edin also suffered the indignity of running out of time to deliver the final stone in one end during a 10-3 defeat against Team Steffen Walstad.

The world champions have hit back from that early-season setback since, though. They got revenge on Team Walstad by beating them in the Swiss Cup Basel final just three weeks later, then finished on the podium at the Baden Masters and Curling Masters Champery in Switzerland.

Swedish coach Peja Lindholm, himself a three-time world champion, said: “The teams have performed really well since Suzhou so both will go to Omaha with good self-confidence.

“We still have some time before we go [to Omaha] and there is a Grand Slam and the Europeans beforehand, but at this time I am very pleased with their performance. We are all looking forward very much to Omaha, that is for sure a fact.”

Sweden have not yet named their mixed doubles team for Omaha but expect to do so very soon. The Swedish Curling Association have confirmed that it will not be the young duo of Therese Westman and Robin Ahlberg who finished bottom of their group in Suzhou.

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