Niklas EDIN

Sweden SWE

Curling

  • Olympic Medals
    1 S
    1 B
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Vancouver 2010
  • Year of Birth
    1985
Olympic Results

Biography

Niklas EDIN

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 three-time world champion (2013, 2015 and 2018), 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.

A passion for curling

"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.

One away from the podium in Vancouver 2010

Niklas and his rink marked their arrival at the very top level with a win at the 2009 Winter Universiade in Harbin (China), quickly followed up later in the same year with a victory in Niklas’ first European Championships (6-5 in the final against Switzerland) in Aberdeen, Scotland. He was therefore one of the favourites for a podium place at the Vancouver 2010 Games. On the ice at the Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre in British Columbia's major port city, the Swedish team composed of Niklas, Sebastian Kraupp, Fredrik Lindberg and Viktor Kjäll were eliminated 6-5 in the semi-final by Kevin Martin's Canadian team, who went on to win the gold. The Scandinavian team lost the bronze-medal match to Switzerland (7-5) to finish in fourth place.

2013 world champion

Niklas continued his remarkable trajectory: bronze medal at the World Championships in Regina (Canada) in 2011 and again in Basel (Switzerland) in 2012; the first non-Canadian skip to reach the final of a Grand Slam curling tournament (at the Players' Championships) in 2011; and European champion at home in Karlstad in 2012. And in Victoria (Canada) on 7 April 2013, Niklas made history with his team-mates Kraupp, Lindberg and Kjäll. He brought the curling World Championship title home for Sweden, putting an end to a series of Canadian victories (2010, 2011 and 2012) in the competition, in a final he entirely dominated against the home side led by Brad Jacobs, and wrapped up at a score of 8-6.

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PyeongChang 2018

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Sochi 2014

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Vancouver 2010

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