Silver Medal at the World Curling Championship 2015

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(Photo: Michael Burns)

Team Ulsrud was left the silver medal at the World Championship in Halifax, after losing to Sweden’s Niklas Edin. All though back-to-back gold medals were what the boys were hoping for, they still proved they’re one of the best teams in the world. Norway and Sweden also faced off in the final last year in Beijing when Team Ulsrud secured the gold.

Niklas Edin won his second title, having won it with his old team back in 2013. Team Canada’s Pat Simmons got bronze.

Now the Team Ulsrud boys will head off to St. Gallen for the European Masters to top off another great season.

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World Men's Curling Championship 2014, Beijing, China

(Photo: World Curling Federation)

The boys are back at the World Championship, this time to defend the title. Team Ulsrud won the gold medal last year in Beijing, China beating Sweden in the final. The last team to have won the World’s back-to-back was Randy Ferbey’s rink 2002 and 2003, and only a couple other teams have pulled off that feat. 

The Norwegians are obvious favorites for the gold along with strong contenders Sweden and Canada.

Skip of Sweden Niklas Edin won the title back in 2013 with his former team, while his teammates got silver last year in Beijing.

Team Canada remains similar to last year’s lineup, only swapping out skip Kevin Koe with John Morris. With three former World Champions on the team, Canada will be strong as always.

Switzerland’s Marc Pfister could be an outsider, and it might be Japanese skip Yusuke Morozumi’s time to shine. China’s Jialang Zang could also contend for a playoff spot. Scotland is represented by three time World Champions Ewan MacDonald, who didn’t enjoy the best of times last year in Beijing.

Czech Republic’s Jiri Snitil, Finland’s Aku Kauste, Italy’s Joel Retornaz, Russia’s Evgeniy Arkhipov and USA’s John Shuster will also be present in Halifax for the championship.

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(Photo: World Curling Federation) Thomas Ulsrud, Torger Nergård, Christoffer Svae, Håvard Vad Petersson and Markus Høiberg will again represent Norway at the World’s.

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

2015 World Financial Group Continental Cup Curling, Calgary AB, Team Canada, Team Europe, CCA/michael burns photo

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.

2015 World Financial Group Continental Cup Curling, Calgary AB, CCA/michael burns photo

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.

2015 World Financial Group Continental Cup Curling, Calgary AB, Thomas Ulsrud, CCA/michael burns photo

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.