Christoffer Sundgren

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Christoffer Sundgren
Born (1989-07-31) 31 July 1989 (age 31)
Team
Curling clubKarlstads CK,
Karlstad, SWE
SkipNiklas Edin
ThirdOskar Eriksson
SecondRasmus Wranå
LeadChristoffer Sundgren
AlternateDaniel Magnusson
Career
Member Association Sweden
World Championship
appearances
6 (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
European Championship
appearances
6 (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Olympic
appearances
1 (2018)
Grand Slam victories3 (Masters: 2016; Tour Challenge: 2016; Players' Championship: 2017)

Kjell Tommy Christoffer Sundgren (born 31 July 1989 in Sveg, Sweden) is a Swedish curler. He currently plays lead for the Swedish national team, skipped by Niklas Edin.

Curling career[edit]

Career beginnings[edit]

As a junior curler, Sundgren played for two curling teams before he entered university. At age 16, he played in Sveg, curling in the third position for a team skipped by Johan Eriksson. The following year, he joined the team based in Lit and led by brothers Kristian Lindström and Alexander Lindström and rounded out by Henrik Leek. In 2008, the team invited Oskar Eriksson to join, who eventually took over the role of skip while playing in the third position. With the newly formed team, Sundgren played lead and competed at the 2009 World Junior Curling Championships, finishing in third place in the standings after the preliminary rounds but in fourth place overall, losing to the US team in the semifinal and the bronze medal game, though they had defeated the US team earlier in the tournament. The team had immediate success on the junior tour and also scored wins in the senior division.[1][2]

Sundgren began his university studies in Karlstad in the autumn of 2009 and played with various teams during this period. In the 2010–2011 season, he played with three separate teams. For the Elite Series, he skipped the Karlstad team vacated in 2008 by Oskar Eriksson, joining Oskar's brother Markus Eriksson, as well as Marcus Franzén and Henric Jonsson in forming Team Sundgren. He also skipped the Swedish team at the 2011 Winter Universiade, leading the team of Alexander Nordgren, Axel Rosander and Johan Spiik, though the team ended the tournament in 8th place.[3] Sundgren skipped his own team, Lag Sundgren, for Karlstad in the Swedish Men's Junior Curling Championships, losing an extremely close final to his former teammates Oskar Eriksson, Kristian Lindström, Alexander Lindström, and Henrik Leek.[4] He rejoined them for the 2011 World Junior Curling Championships, winning the gold medal. Though Sundgren was formally an alternate and did not play any games in the round-robin, he played the pivotal winning games in the semifinal and the final when Henrik Leek was under the weather and was essential to the gold medal victory.[5]

Seniors (2011–present)[edit]

In 2011, Sundgren rejoined his former team in Lit for much of the season while Alexander Lindström was recovering from surgery,[6] helping them finish in first place in Sweden's national Elite Series tour (though coming in second in the finals).[7] Sundgren played with the team on much the international seniors' tour for the first half of the year and again the end of the season at the European Masters.[8],[9] For the 2012–2013 season, Sundgren was the full-time lead for Team Eriksson when the team relocated to Karlstad, joined also by Markus Eriksson as second, as both Alexander Lindström and Henrik Leek took a step back from curling.[10] With the newly reorganized team, Sundgren and his teammates won the Swiss Cup Basel (2012) and European Masters (2013), as well as the Winter Universiade (2013).[8] In the 2013-14 season, Team Eriksson reached second place at the Swiss Cup Basel, Mercure Perth Masters, and Sweden's Elite Series and competed in Canada on the World Curling Tour, coming in fifth place in three events and reaching their first Grand Slam Quarterfinal at the National. Winning the Swedish Men's Curling Championships that year as well, the team was selected to represent Sweden in the 2014 World Men's Curling Championship, as Team Edin had represented Sweden in the European Curling Championships. Though the team lost to Team Norway in the final, they defeated Team Canada, skipped by Kevin Koe twice in the event.

Beginning in the 2014–2015 season, Niklas Edin joined forces with Sundgren, Eriksson and Kristian Lindström to become Sweden's new national team, after Sebastian Kraupp and Fredrik Lindberg took a break from full-time curling.[11] In May 2014, the team decided that Edin would take the skip's position, with Oskar Eriksson playing third, Kristian Lindström playing second and Sundgren holding the lead position.[12] When Lindström underwent surgery in 2016, Rasmus Wranå took over as second. From the start, however, the new Team Edin team immediately saw their increased potential and aimed to become the number one team in the world.[12] Indeed, Team Edin was ranked first at the end of the 2016–17 curling season on both lists and finished in first place on the prize money list in the 2017-18 curling season. The team also reached the finals of the European Curling Championships every year since forming a new team, winning gold in all years but one (2014-2017 and 2019) and winning silver once (2018). The team also secured medals in the finals of the World Curling Championships every year except 2016, winning three gold (2015, 2018 and 2019) and one silver (2017).

As part of Team Edin, Sundgren and his teammates have been consistently ranked in the top ten teams in the world since they joined forces, due to their performance in Canada and around the world. The team has reached the playoffs in 20 Grand Slam of Curling Events. In the 2016-17 curling season, Team Edin had their most successful year on tour, winning three Slams (the Masters, the Tour Challenge, and the Players’ Championship) and reaching the finals (the Canadian Open) and semifinals (the National and Champions Cup), securing the Pinty’s Cup. The Team has also won several other World Curling Tour events, including the European Masters (2014), Swiss Cup Basel (2016, 2018), Baden Masters (2015, 2017), Curling Masters Champery (2016, 2017), and Perth Masters (2018).[8] Team Edin has also won the Swedish Men's Curling Championships six times between 2014 and 2020, skipping the 2017 championships to prepare for the World Championships.

Career achievements[edit]

As of this writing, Sundgren's achievements with Team Eriksson and Team Niklas Edin have so far earned him a total of three gold medals and two silver medals at the World Curling Championships and five gold medals and one silver at the European Curling Championships. Along with Niklas Edin and Oskar Eriksson, he became one of the first men's curlers to simultaneously hold the World Curling Championship and European Curling Championship titles in two separate calendar years (2015 and 2019).[13]

Personal life[edit]

Sundgren currently resides in Karlstad, Sweden. He graduated from Karlstad University with a Masters of Science Degree.

Grand Slam record[edit]

Key
C Champion
F Lost in Final
SF Lost in Semifinal
QF Lost in Quarterfinals
R16 Lost in the round of 16
Q Did not advance to playoffs
T2 Played in Tier 2 event
DNP Did not participate in event
N/A Not a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19 2019–20
Elite 10 N/A F Q Q Q Q N/A
Masters DNP Q QF C F SF Q
Tour Challenge N/A N/A Q C SF Q QF
The National QF DNP Q SF DNP QF F
Canadian Open Q Q QF F F SF Q
Players' DNP Q QF C F QF N/A
Champions Cup N/A N/A QF SF Q SF N/A

Teams[edit]

Season Skip Third Second Lead Alternate Events
2005–06 Johan Eriksson Christoffer Sundgren Markus Kurki Tomas Henriksson
2006–07 Kristian Lindström Christoffer Sundgren Henrik Leek Alexander Lindström
2007–08 Kristian Lindström Christoffer Sundgren Henrik Leek Alexander Lindström
2008–09 Kristian Lindström (fourth) Oskar Eriksson (skip) Alexander Lindström Christoffer Sundgren Henrik Leek WJCC
2009–10 Connie Östlund Christoffer Sundgren Mathias Ronnegård Morgan Fredholm
2010–11 Christoffer Sundgren Markus Eriksson Marcus Franzén Henric Jonsson Patrik Eriksson
2011–12 Kristian Lindström (fourth) Oskar Eriksson (skip) Henrik Leek Alexander Lindström Christoffer Sundgren
2012–13 Oskar Eriksson Kristian Lindström Markus Eriksson Christoffer Sundgren Henrik Leek
2013–14 Oskar Eriksson Kristian Lindström Markus Eriksson Christoffer Sundgren Gustav Eskilsson WCC
2014–15 Niklas Edin Oskar Eriksson Kristian Lindström Christoffer Sundgren Henrik Leek ECC, WCC
2015–16 Niklas Edin Oskar Eriksson Kristian Lindström Christoffer Sundgren Henrik Leek ECC, WCC
2016–17 Niklas Edin Oskar Eriksson Rasmus Wranå Christoffer Sundgren Henrik Leek ECC, WCC
2017–18 Niklas Edin Oskar Eriksson Rasmus Wranå Christoffer Sundgren Henrik Leek ECC, OG, WCC
2018–19 Niklas Edin Oskar Eriksson Rasmus Wranå Christoffer Sundgren Daniel Magnusson ECC, WCC
2019–20 Niklas Edin Oskar Eriksson Rasmus Wranå Christoffer Sundgren Daniel Magnusson ECC
2020–21 Niklas Edin Oskar Eriksson Rasmus Wranå Christoffer Sundgren

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oskar kom hem – och vann". Nya Wermalands Tidningen. 6 January 2009. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  2. ^ "Lag Lindström bäst i norden". Länstidningen Östersund. 12 October 2008. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  3. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curling_at_the_2011_Winter_Universiade
  4. ^ "Thriller final i junior SM". Värmlands Folkblad Federation. 9 January 2011. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  5. ^ "World Junior Curling Championships Men's and Women's Finals (video)". World Curling Federation. 1 October 2014. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  6. ^ "Nya mål, nya förutsätningar". Team Eriksson official journal (blog). 4 October 2012. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  7. ^ "Resultat 2011-12". Svenska Curlingförbundet. 4 October 2016. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  8. ^ a b c "Christoffer Sundgren, Career Results". www.curlingzone.com. 14 April 2020. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  9. ^ "Tufft för Team Eriksson". Nya Wermlands Tidningen. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  10. ^ "Topplag i samma bo". Nya Wermlands Tidningen. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  11. ^ "Edin adds Eriksson, Lindström and Sundgren".
  12. ^ a b "Edin och Eriksson bilder supercurlinglag". Nya Wermlands-Tidningen. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 2020-04-05..
  13. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_men%27s_World_Curling_champions and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Curling_Championships

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