Oskar Eriksson

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Oskar Eriksson
Born (1991-05-29) 29 May 1991 (age 28)
Team
Curling clubKarlstads CK,
Karlstad, SWE
SkipNiklas Edin
ThirdOskar Eriksson
SecondRasmus Wranå
LeadChristoffer Sundgren
AlternateDaniel Magnusson
Mixed doubles
partner
Anna Hasselborg
Career
World Championship
appearances
9 (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
World Mixed Doubles Championship
appearances
1 (2019)
European Championship
appearances
11 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Olympic
appearances
3 (2010, 2014, 2018)
Grand Slam victories3 (Masters: 2016; Tour Challenge: 2016; Players' Championship: 2017)

Oskar Eriksson (born 29 May 1991) is a Swedish curler from Karlstad.[1] He currently plays third for the Niklas Edin rink. He is a four-time World Curling Champion, seven-time European Curling Champion, and the first curler in history to win gold medals in three 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 has also won three Grand Slam Curling Events, as well as the Pinty's Cup, as a member of Team Niklas Edin, the first non-Canadian men's team to do so.

Career[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.[2] 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 three Swedish Men's Curling Championship titles in his junior career and would go on to win four more championship titles.[5]. As a junior, Eriksson also competed at three World Junior Curling Championships, winning both a gold medal and a silver medal. At the age of sixteen, Eriksson first skipped Team Sweden to the silver medal at the 2008 World Junior Curling Championships, losing in the final to the US team skipped by Chris Plys. In his second run for the gold medal at the 2009 World Junior Curling Championships, Eriksson skipped Team Sweden to a fourth-place finish, losing in the bronze-medal game to the US team that was skipped again by Plys. At the 2011 World Junior Curling Championships, Eriksson finally won a gold medal, defeating Team Switzerland, skipped by Peter de Cruz, by a score of 6–5 in the final. At those three World Junior Championships, Eriksson skipped two different Swedish teams, winning a total of 24 games and losing only 9.

Since his juniors, Eriksson has played with two rinks for several years, often simultaneously. Beginning with the 2008–2009 season, Eriksson curled primarily with Kristian Lindström on a team with various rotations of Alexander Lindström, Christoffer Sundgren and Henrik Leek, as well as his brother Markus Eriksson.[6][7]. From 2009 to the end of the 2013–2014 season, he also effectively became the presumptive alternate for Team Niklas Edin with Sebastian Kraupp, Fredrik Lindberg, and Viktor Kjäll, playing at the World Curling Championships, European Curling Championships, and Olympic Games. Since the 2014–2015 season, Eriksson has played the third position with a newly reorganized Team Edin, skipped by Niklas Edin and joined by former Team Eriksson teammates Christoffer Sundgren and Kristian Lindström, though an injured Lindström has been succeeded by Rasmus Wranå, who has played second for the team since the 2016–2017 season.

Currently, Eriksson is the only Swedish curler to have taken part in nine consecutive World Curling Championships in the men's division (2011-2019). While Eriksson played as an alternate for Team Niklas Edin from 2009 to 2013, at the 2012 World Men's Curling Championship he played all games except three because Edin, the permanent skip, was suffering from a herniated disc in his back. Eriksson also played in the second position in the playoffs, in which Team Sweden won a bronze medal. In 2013, Eriksson won his first World Curling Championship gold medal as an alternate for Team Edin. In the 2014 World Men's Curling Championship, he skipped his own rink to a silver medal – Eriksson's first appearance as a skip in the World Curling Championships. Since playing third with the newly reorganized Team Edin, Eriksson has won three additional World Curling Championship gold medals (in 2015, 2018 and 2019), placing him in an elite group of curlers to hold four World Championship titles.[8]

Eriksson has also played in eleven consecutive European Curling Championships, winning a record seven gold medals, a record that he shares only with Niklas Edin. The first two of these gold medals came in 2009 and 2012, where Eriksson played as an alternate for Team Edin. Since Eriksson began playing in the third position for Team Edin, Eriksson and his teammates have won five additional European Curling Championship gold medals between 2014 and 2019, losing only to Team Scotland in the 2018 final, with Team Edin taking home the silver medal.

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).[9] 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).[10] 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).[11]

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
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
Champions Cup N/A N/A QF SF Q SF

Teams[edit]

Season Skip/Fourth Third Second Lead Alternate Events
2005–06 Anders Eriksson (4th) 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 (4th) Oskar Eriksson (skip) Alexander Lindström Christoffer Sundgren Henrik Leek WJCC
2009–10 (1) Kristian Lindström (4th)
(2) Niklas Edin
Oskar Eriksson (skip)
Sebastian Kraupp
Alexander Lindström
Fredrik Lindberg
Christoffer Sundgren
Viktor Kjäll

Oskar Eriksson

ECC, OG
2010–11 (1) Kristian Lindström (4th)
(2) Niklas Edin
Oskar Eriksson (skip)
Sebastian Kraupp
Henrik Leek
Fredrik Lindberg
Alexander Lindström
Viktor Kjäll
Christoffer Sundgren
Oskar Eriksson
WJCC
ECC, WCC
2011–12 (1) Kristian Lindström (4th)
(2) Niklas Edin
Oskar Eriksson (skip)
Sebastian Kraupp
Henrik Leek
Fredrik Lindberg
Alexander Lindström
Viktor Kjäll
Christoffer Sundgren
Oskar Eriksson

ECC, WCC
2012–13 (1) Oskar Eriksson
(2) Niklas Edin
Kristian Lindström (skip)
Sebastian Kraupp
Markus Eriksson
Fredrik Lindberg
Christoffer Sundgren
Viktor Kjäll

Oskar Eriksson

ECC, WCC
2013-14 (1) Oskar Eriksson
(2) Niklas Edin
Kristian Lindström (skip)
Sebastian Kraupp
Markus Eriksson
Fredrik Lindberg
Christoffer Sundgren
Viktor Kjäll

Oskar Eriksson
WCC
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

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