Oskar Eriksson

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Oskar Eriksson
Born (1991-05-29) 29 May 1991 (age 29)
Team
Curling clubKarlstads CK,
Karlstad, SWE
SkipNiklas Edin
ThirdOskar Eriksson
SecondRasmus Wranå
LeadChristoffer Sundgren
AlternateDaniel Magnusson
Mixed doubles
partner
Almida de Val[1]
Career
Member Association Sweden
World Championship
appearances
10 (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
World Mixed Doubles Championship
appearances
2 (2019, 2021)
European Championship
appearances
11 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Olympic
appearances
3 (2010, 2014, 2018)
Grand Slam victories3 (2016 Masters, 2016 Tour Challenge, 2017 Players')

Oskar Ingemar Eriksson (born May 29, 1991) is a Swedish curler from Karlstad.[2] He currently plays third for the Niklas Edin rink. He is a five-time World Men's Curling Champion, seven-time European Men's Curling Champion, and the first curler in history to win three gold medals in major curling championships in a single calendar year – the World Men's Curling Championship, the European Curling Championship, and the World Mixed Doubles Championship. He is the only member of Team Sweden to have competed in all of the World Men's Curling Championships from 2011 to 2021. He won medals in all but one of these championships, as well as playing in multiple positions – as skip (silver, 2014), third (gold, 2015, 2018, 2019, and 2021 and silver, 2017), second (bronze, 2012), and as an alternate (gold, 2013 and bronze, 2011). As of the end of the men's team 2020-21 season, he has reached twenty-five playoffs at Grand Slam of Curling events, including winning three Grand Slam tournaments and the Pinty's Cup as part of Team Niklas Edin, the first non-Canadian men's team to do so. In 2021, Eriksson and his teammates also became the first men's team in history to win three consecutive World Men's Curling Championships, with Eriksson and Niklas Edin the first two curlers in history to have five gold World Men's Curling Championship medals.

Career[edit]

Career beginnings[edit]

Eriksson began curling before he was six years old. He followed his older brothers Anders Eriksson and Marcus Eriksson into the sport, but his skill level advanced more rapidly.[3] He was part of a curling team at age seven,[3] debuting in Sweden's Elite Series at the age of thirteen.[4] He won his first Swedish Men's Curling Championship title in his junior career and has gone on to win six more championship titles since then.[5] As a junior, Eriksson also competed at three World Junior Curling Championships, winning both a gold medal and a silver medal. At those three World Junior Championships, Eriksson skipped two different Swedish teams, winning a total of 24 games and losing only 9.

Eriksson made his first run for a junior world championship title when he was sixteen at the 2008 World Junior Curling Championships, skipping his first team to a silver medal. The team, consisting of Henric Jonsson, Markus Franzén, and Nils Karlsson, lost in the final to the US team skipped by Chris Plys. In 2008, Eriksson moved to Härnosand to join other promising curlers at Härnosands gymnasium.[6] He also joined Team Lit/Lindström, formed by brothers Kristian Lindström and Alexander Lindström along with Christoffer Sundgren and Henrik Leek. The team had immediate success on the junior tour and also scored wins in the senior division.[6][7] With this team, Eriksson made his second run for the gold medal at the 2009 World Junior Curling Championships, but finished in fourth place, losing in the bronze-medal game to the US team that was again skipped by Plys. Though the team did not qualify to compete at the championships in 2010,[8] Eriksson and his teammates finally won a gold medal at the 2011 World Junior Curling Championships, defeating Team Switzerland, skipped by Peter de Cruz, by a score of 6–5 in the final.

By 2012, Eriksson's Lit teammates were no longer eligible for junior competition, but Eriksson was still eligible for junior championships. He skipped Team CK Granit-Gävle, consisting of Ludwig Grann, Erik Ölund, and Magnus Rudström, at the 2012 Swedish Junior Curling Championships with the aim of qualifying for the World Junior Curling Championship. Eriksson's team was undefeated until the finals, but there they came in second place to the team from Sundyberg skipped by his future teammate Rasmus Wranå,[9] whose team won silver at the 2012 World Junior Curling Championships.

Seniors I (2008–2014): Team Lindström/Eriksson and Team Edin[edit]

Shortly after joining Team Lit in 2008, Eriksson played simultaneously with two teams. His official team during this period was Team Lit, alternatively known as Team Lindström and eventually Team Eriksson. Eriksson skipped the team for most of this period through 2014.[10][11] In addition to their early tour successes, Team Lit finished second in the standings of the Swedish Curling Championships, reaching the semifinals,[12] and finished second in their group Division 1 of the Elite series the same year.[13] He competed with a second team, however, from 2009 through February 2014, as he was selected as the alternate for Team Niklas Edin – with Niklas Edin, Sebastian Kraupp, Fredrik Lindberg, and Viktor Kjäll – in all of their international championship appearances. As part of Team Edin, he competed in three World Curling Championships (2011-2013), five European Curling Championships (2009-2013), and the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Games. During this period, however, Team Lit became more competitive with Team Edin and was well recognized as one of the top two men's curling teams in Sweden.[14]

As an alternate for Team Edin during this period, Eriksson received numerous international medals, including two gold medals at the European Curling Championships (2009 and 2012) and three World Curling Championship medals, including his first World Championship gold medal (2013) and two bronze medals (2011 and 2012). At the 2012 World Men's Curling Championship, however, he notably played in the second position for all games except three because Niklas Edin, the permanent skip, was suffering from a herniated disc in his back. Eriksson also played this position in the playoffs, in which Team Sweden won its second World Curling Championship bronze medal. He also made his first Olympic appearances with Team Edin, coming in fourth in the 2010 Winter Olympics and receiving a bronze medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

With Team Lit, however, Eriksson and his teammates won several international events, including the Oslo Cup (2009), Swiss Cup Basel (2012), and European Masters (2013), as well as the Winter Universiade (2013).[11] 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 in light of their season success, but also because Team Edin had represented Sweden in the European Curling Championships.[15] Team Eriksson reached the final and won the silver medal in their World Curling Championship debut.

Seniors II (2014–present): Team Edin[edit]

In May 2014, Edin and Team Eriksson came to an agreement to form a new Team Edin, with Edin skipping the team in the fourth position and Oskar Eriksson playing third along with Kristian Lindström playing second and Christoffer Sundgren in the lead position.[16] 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.[16] 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). Of most significance, the team secured medals in the finals of the World Curling Championships every year except 2016, winning four gold (2015, 2018, 2019, and 2021) and one silver (2017).

As part of Team Edin, Eriksson 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 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) of all but one of the slams, securing the Pinty’s Cup, the first non-Canadian men's team to do so. 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).[11] Team Edin has also won the Swedish Men's Curling Championships six times between 2014 and 2020, skipping only the 2017 championships to prepare for the World Championships.

Mixed events[edit]

Eriksson also currently competes in mixed doubles curling and has formerly competed in mixed curling. In mixed curling, his most successful run at the Swedish national championships occurred in 2008, where his team came in second place, losing to the team of Niklas Edin, Anette Norberg, Eric Carlsén, and Anna Hasselborg.[17] His last appearance in the Swedish national mixed championships was in 2012 when he curled with Hasselborg, Kristian Lindström, and Marina Stener.[18] Since then, outside of playing men's team curling, he has participated mostly in mixed doubles. He has continued to play mixed curling primarily in the Continental Cup.

Eriksson's longest-running mixed doubles partnership is with Anna Hasselborg, with whom he began curling at Härnosands gymnasium.[19] The pair went on to compete in the Swedish Mixed Doubles Curling Championship four times, winning the event each time that they entered (2013, 2016, 2017, and 2019). Despite Hasselborg and Eriksson's victories, longtime mixed doubles specialists Per Noreen and Camilla Noreen were selected to represent Sweden in the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships in 2016 and 2017, but unfortunately were unable to earn Team Sweden a spot in the Olympic mixed doubles event. In 2019, however, Hasselborg and Eriksson were selected to represent Sweden in the 2019 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, where they won the gold medal over Team Canada in their championship debut. In 2019, they also won their first career mixed doubles tour event at the MadTown DoubleDown mixed doubles tournament.[20]

In the 2020-21 season, the Swedish Curling Association launched a substantial effort to prepare for the 2021 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship and to qualify for the 2022 Olympics, supporting five teams on the mixed doubles tour. Eriksson was selected for one of the teams, partnering with Almida de Val, as Hasselborg chose not to participate in mixed doubles during the 2020-21 curling season. Eriksson and De Val won their first event as a team at the Oberstdorf International Mixed Doubles Cup in September 2020,[21] then reached the quarterfinals of the Mixed Doubles Bern championship.[22] In 2021, Eriksson and de Val won the Swedish Mixed Doubles Curling Championship,[23][24] giving Eriksson the distinction of being the only Swedish curler to win the national mixed doubles title five times.[25] On March 1, 2021, the Swedish Curling Association formally announced the selection of Eriksson and De Val to represent Sweden at the 2021 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship.[26][27]

Career Milestones and Records[edit]

Currently, Eriksson is the only Swedish curler to have taken part in ten consecutive World Curling Championships in the men's division (2011-2021, with no such event held in 2020). Eriksson has also competed in eleven consecutive European Curling Championships, winning a record seven gold medals, a record that he shares only with Niklas Edin. With Team Edin, Eriksson has won five World Curling Championship gold medals (in 2013, 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2020), a record he also shares with Niklas Edin.[28] In 2019, Eriksson became the first curler in history to hold three key gold medals in a single calendar year: the World Curling Championship, the European Curling Championship, and the World Mixed Doubles Championship (with Anna Hasselborg).[3] As part of Team Edin, Eriksson, Niklas Edin, and Christoffer Sundgren also became 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). Eriksson and Edin had previously become the first men's curlers to simultaneously hold those same titles in three separate competition seasons (2012-2013, 2014–2015, and 2017-2018). Eriksson, Edin, and Sundgren are also the first curlers in history on the men's side to win four European Championship gold medals in a row (2014-2017).

Nationally, Eriksson currently holds the most championship titles in the Swedish Mixed Doubles Curling Championships, with five total. He currently ranks third among Swedish curlers with eight Swedish Men's Curling Championship titles (2011, 2013-16 and 2018-20), outranked only by Peja Lindholm, Tomas Nordin, and Magnus Swartling (in first place, with ten tiles each) and Peter Narup (with nine titles). In 2012, Eriksson was inducted into the Swedish Curling Hall of Fame.

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 2020–21
Elite 10 N/A F Q Q Q Q N/A N/A
Masters DNP Q QF C F SF Q N/A
Tour Challenge N/A N/A Q C SF Q QF N/A
The National QF DNP Q SF DNP QF F N/A
Canadian Open Q Q QF F F SF Q N/A
Champions Cup N/A N/A QF SF Q SF N/A QF
Players' DNP Q QF C F QF N/A QF

Teams[edit]

Season Skip/Fourth Third Second Lead Alternate Events
2005–06 Anders Eriksson (fourth) Sebastian Kraupp (skip) Viktor Kjäll Oskar Eriksson
2006–07 Oskar Eriksson Henric Jonsson Markus Franzén Nils Karlsson
2007–08 Oskar Eriksson Henric Jonsson Markus Franzén Nils Karlsson WJCC
2008–09 Kristian Lindström (fourth) Oskar Eriksson (skip) Alexander Lindström Christoffer Sundgren Henrik Leek WJCC
2009–10 Kristian Lindström (fourth) Oskar Eriksson (skip) Alexander Lindström Christoffer Sundgren
Niklas Edin Sebastian Kraupp Fredrik Lindberg Viktor Kjäll Oskar Eriksson ECC, OG
2010–11 Kristian Lindström (fourth) Oskar Eriksson (skip) Henrik Leek Alexander Lindström Christoffer Sundgren WJCC
Niklas Edin Sebastian Kraupp Fredrik Lindberg Viktor Kjäll Oskar Eriksson ECC, WCC
2011–12 Kristian Lindström (fourth) Oskar Eriksson (skip) Henrik Leek Alexander Lindström Christoffer Sundgren
Niklas Edin Sebastian Kraupp Fredrik Lindberg Viktor Kjäll Oskar Eriksson ECC, WCC
2012–13 Oskar Eriksson Kristian Lindström Markus Eriksson Christoffer Sundgren
Niklas Edin Sebastian Kraupp Fredrik Lindberg Viktor Kjäll Oskar Eriksson ECC, WCC
2013–14 Oskar Eriksson Kristian Lindström Markus Eriksson Christoffer Sundgren WCC
Niklas Edin Sebastian Kraupp Fredrik Lindberg Viktor Kjäll Oskar Eriksson ECC, OG
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 Daniel Magnusson WCC

References[edit]

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  2. ^ 2020 Continental Cup Media Guide: Team Edin
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  5. ^ Swedish Men's Curling Championship
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  13. ^ https://www.cuponline.se/teamView.aspx?cupid=199&id=2737
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  20. ^ "Hasselborg Wins MadTown DoubleDown presented by Leinenkugel". CurlingZone. Retrieved 2020-09-07.
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  28. ^ List of men's World Curling champions

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