Sweden send Hasselborg and Edin to Grand Final
Both teams have reached two out of the three Curling World Cup finals this season.
Team Anna Hasselborg and Team Niklas Edin have been confirmed as Sweden’s picks for May’s Grand Final in Beijing after both nations qualified through their Curling World Cup ranking points.
Olympic champions Team Hasselborg accrued 49 ranking points across the three legs, while world champions Team Edin tallied up 48 points.
Although neither won any of the three legs in Suzhou, Omaha or Jonkoping, they each got to two finals to qualify comfortably for May’s showpiece by virtue of points accrued.
At their home leg, Hasselborg and Edin were ousted by Team Minji Kim and Team Matt Dunstone respectively in the finals.
Prize money will be doubled for the Grand Final, with $USD 280,000 being distributed in Beijing. The foursomes have already collected close to $USD 40,000 each over the course of three legs (Hasselborg: $USD 39,500, Edin: $USD 39,000).
Skip Hasselborg, 29, said she is delighted about the prospect of heading to China’s capital: “I am very happy for us to be heading to Beijing - it's the type of competition we want to compete in.
“It is the biggest money competition in the history of curling and to be where it all happens and where it all comes down to will be amazing.
“It will definitely be a challenge to have the energy in the beginning of May. It will be our 15th event this season and I think a lot of teams will struggle with that. But if we have a plan, we can definitely do something good there.”
Edin, 33, was equally pleased to seal his spot in the Grand Final, having been edged out twice in consecutive finals in Omaha and Jonkoping.
“We’ve been looking forward to playing all these big events this year,” revealed Edin.
“The Olympic final loss was tough last year so we decided to play a little bit less this year. But still, we’ve got to play all those big ones and those are the ones we love to play.
“It’s going to be fun to see what we can do at the Grand Final. Going back to China is always interesting.”
N.B. In the event that Team Niklas Edin retain their world title in Canada in April, their Curling World Cup Grand Final ranking points spot will be handed to Norway – the next Member Association listed in the ranking points table.
If Team Anna Hasselborg become world champions in Denmark, United States will be given their Curling World Cup Grand Final ranking points spot.