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 NergĂ„rd 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.

 

World Champions!

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Team Ulsrud won the World Men’s Curling Championship in Beijing, China. This is the first time a Norwegian Men’s team has won the competition since 1988, ending a gold drought that has lasted for over two decades.

The win also marks back-to-back gold for Scandinavia, with Sweden’s Niklas Edin wining it last year. Canada will be eager to win back the bragging rights when the World Championship 2015 edition takes place on home soil in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 

Excitingly close before the last draw!

Brad Jacobs won the team competition game earlier this week

Brad Jacobs won the team competition game earlier this week

North-America leads Team World 24-21 before the very last draw. It looked like the North-Americans were going to increase their lead, but a dramatic finish put Team World right back in the game. Team Sigfridsson stole their last skin against Jennifer Jones, while Niklas Edin and Tom Brewster both secured vital skins with tee-draws.

Tonight Team Ulsrud will step up to the plate and face off against Brad Jacobs again. The boys lost out to the Canadians in a close fought game earlier this week, and will be keen on getting revenge. This time it’s skins game, and Team World has all the chance to turn it around for a win. They will have to rely on Eve Muirhead to pick up a few nice skins against Erika Brown, and also hope that David Murdoch can lead his mixed team to a few points as well.