In a sport largely dominated on the men's side by Canada, Swedish curler Niklas Edin has in recent years established himself as one of the best players on the planet. A five-time world champion (2013, 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2021), he won bronze at the 2014 Games in Sochi. At PyeongChang 2018, he went even further by securing the silver medal with his team as runners-up to a US team skipped by John Shuster; an error in the eighth end of the final cost him the title. He finally achieved Olympic gold at Beijing 2022.
"I took up curling in 1999, after seeing Sweden’s women’s team, skipped by Elisabet Gustafson, win the bronze medal at the Nagano Games. I gave it a try, and straight away I was hooked," recalled Niklas. "Before that, I played all kinds of sports. At one point, I had 10 different ones on the go, which meant 14 to 15 training sessions a week, with tournaments every weekend. I didn't do very well at school as a result, but sport has taken me this far! But four-and-a-half years after starting to curl, I became European junior champion in 2004." Why curling? "I really like the mental and physical aspects of curling. To play well, you have to think about strategy and be physically fit. You need to communicate with your team-mates and know your opponents. I love the variety of the game." In his junior years, Niklas made a name for himself as one of the best skips in Sweden, and, soon after, in the world.
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