Norwegian Champions 2015

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Team Ulsrud won the Norwegian Curling Championship for the 8th time in a row and secured a spot at the World Championship in Halifax, Canada.

Thomas Ulsrud and his boys had to win the National Championship this year to guarantee themselves a spot at the World Championship in Halifax. They remained unbeaten throughout the weekend and picked up another gold medal. All though unbeaten, they faced a few tough teams.

“We didn’t get any easy games this time, it’s getting tougher every year. I’m glad to see so many young people on the podium next to us. I’m not at all worried about the future of Norwegian curling.” said Thomas Ulsrud after being dealt the Championship trophy.

Team Ulsrud beat their toughest competitor Team Minera Skifer in the final. They had a 6-4 lead entering the 10th end and ran Minera Skifer out of stones to clinch the win.

The Norwegian Curling Championship was hosted in Trondheim for a second year in a row, and the ice was prepared by Danish icemaker Jørgen Larsen. Olympic broadcaster TV 2 showed five games from the event on TV and Web-TV.

 

Continental Cup 2015 – Calgary

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Team Ulsrud gathered a decent amount of points for their European side, but as a whole Team Europe wasn’t able to overcome a superb Canadian line-up.

For the first time ever USA didn’t participate, leaving North-America with only Canadians, thus Team Canada.

John Morris, Mike McEwen, Brad Jacobs, Jennifer Jones, Rachel Homan and Val Sweeting didn’t just look like the best team in the Continental Cup’s history on paper, but they duly delivered. A 42-18 win for Team Canada in what was a pretty one-sided affair.

Team Europe consisted of Team Ulsrud, Niklas Edin, David Murdoch, Eve Muirhead, Anna Sidorova and Margretha Sigfridsson.

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The boys might have not won the Continental Cup this year, but they sure won the crowd. Their live performance of the pants without hands”-dance from the popular Comfyballs commercial was a big hit.

Team Ulsrud beat 2014 Olympic Gold medalist Brad Jacobs in the team competition (watch the game here). Team Ulsrud also scored the most points out of any team in the singles competition (23) to beat Mike McEwen’s side. Håvard Vad Petersson scored a solid five points on “the raise”, now having scored 27 out of 30 possible points on this shot since his debut in 2008.

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Loud and proud second player Christoffer Svae teamed up with Scottish third Anna Sloan in mixed doubles, proving to be a better couple than the McEwen’s. Dawn McEwen (lead for Team Jones) teamed up with her husband, but eventually lost out to the Norwegian/Scottish duo. WATCH THE GAME HERE

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Team Ulsrud has now played six consecutive Continental Cups, more than any team. Only Niklas Edin has more (7), having played for David Murdoch in 2007 and 2008.

The Continental Cup returns to Las Vegas next year having had a successful event in 2014. Team Ulsrud hopes to qualify.

Silver Lining at the European Championships

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Silver boys (Photo: Richard Gray/WCF)

Team Norway won the silver medal at the European Curling Championships 2014 after losing out to Sweden in the final. The final proved to be a nerve wrecking one for both sides, all though starting off a with a number of blank ends.

The Team Ulsrud boys were a little disappointed with another silver medal (the fifth so far), but were content as Team Sweden were on fire throughout the week. Team Sweden remained unbeaten, but the Norwegians were ever so close of winning against them, both in round-robin and in the final.

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Team Ulsrud always wins the banquet, in style!

Team Ulsrud will now be looking to take it a bit easy in December, celebrate Christmas with their families and then get ready for the Continental Cup in January.

Four more years for Team Ulsrud!

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The world’s most colorful curling team has decided to give it another four years. After a lot of speculation, the team has finally made the decision to keep curling together. Thomas Ulsrud admitted that Torger Nergård probably had played his last curling game during an interview after the gold final in Beijing, but now it seems like even the trusted vice will keep it going.

The team sat down on 18th of May, the day after the Norwegian National Day, to discuss. Having talked to their families and sorted out a few business plans, they came to the conclusion that they could play on. The team will most likely take it down a few pegs tournament wise, maybe not playing as much as during the Olympic season. Which tournaments and how many they’ll play is still not fully decided, but we should know in due time.

The team is still desperate for sponsors to be able to cope with the professional teams however, and how much support they can gather will be a crucial part of their training towards the 2018 Olympics.