Steffen Walstad

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Steffen Walstad
Born (1989-02-10) February 10, 1989 (age 33)
Team
Curling clubOppdal CK,
Oppdal, NOR
SkipSteffen Walstad
ThirdTorger Nergård
SecondMarkus Høiberg
LeadMagnus Vågberg
AlternateMagnus Nedregotten
Career
Member Association Norway
World Championship
appearances
4 (2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
European Championship
appearances
3 (2018, 2019, 2021)
Olympic
appearances
1 (2022)

Steffen Walstad (born February 10, 1989 in Oppdal) is a Norwegian curler from Oppdal.

Career[edit]

Juniors[edit]

Walstad played in three World Junior Curling Championships, from 2008 to 2010 inclusive. At the 2008 World Junior Curling Championships he played third for the Kristian Rolvsfjord rink, finishing in 4th place. At the 2009 World Junior Curling Championships he played second for the team, finishing in 5th place. And at the 2010 World Junior Curling Championships, he played second for the Steffen Mellemseter, finishing 5th overall.

Walstad has played in four Winter Universiades; playing in the 2011 Winter Universiade, he played third for Markus Høiberg, finishing 7th. The team represented Norway again at the 2013 Winter Universiade, where they improved to a fourth place finish. At the 2015 Winter Universiade, Walstad skipped the University of Oslo rink to a gold medal, defeating Russia's Evgeny Arkhipov in the final. Walstad again skipped Norway at the 2017 Winter Universiade, where he won a bronze medal.

Men's[edit]

Walstad has won three Norwegian men's championships, in 2016, 2017 and 2018. His 2017 win included a best-of-three playoff against perennial Norwegian national team skip Thomas Ulsrud to represent Norway at the World Championships, which they won, earning Walstad a right to represent Norway at the 2017 Ford World Men's Curling Championship.[1] On the World Curling Tour that season, Walstad won his first career event at the 2017 German Masters.

To start the 2017–18 curling season, Walstad played in his first Grand Slam event, the 2017 GSOC Tour Challenge. Despite it only being his first Slam, his team did really well, going all the way to the final, undefeated, before losing to Brad Gushue. Later in the year, Waldstad skipped Norway at the 2018 World Men's Curling Championship, leading the team to a 7–6 finish, in 5th place.

Walstad began the 2018–19 curling season in the first leg of the Curling World Cup, where he lost in the final to Canada's Kevin Koe. The next month, the Walstad rink played in their second slam, the 2018 Masters. There he was less fortunately, losing all of his games. In November, the team played in the 2018 European Curling Championships, where Waldstad led Norway to a 5–4 record in fifth place. In the New Year, the team played in the third leg of the Curling World Cup, where they had less success, finishing in 6th. Later in the season, Walstad was named as the alternate on the Norwegian team, skipped by Magnus Ramsfjell at the 2019 World Men's Curling Championship. The team finished in 12th place.

Walstad represented Norway again at the 2019 European Curling Championships. There, he led his country to another 5–4 record, and a sixth place finish. There would be no World Championships in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Walstad would represent Norway at the 2021 World Men's Curling Championship which was played in a bubble with no spectators. There, he led Norway to a 7–6 record, in 8th place.[2]

Mixed curling[edit]

Walstad has found much success in mixed curling. He has skipped Norway twice at the European Mixed Curling Championship and once at its successor tournament, the World Mixed Curling Championship. He led Norway to a 5th place finish at the 2012 European Mixed Curling Championship. He found more success at the 2014 European Mixed Curling Championship, where he would lead his rink of Kristin Moen Skaslien, Magnus Nedregotten and Julie Kjær Molnar to a silver medal finish, after losing to Sweden in the final. He found even more success at the 2015 World Mixed Curling Championship. There he led his team of Molnar, Sander Rølvåg and Pia Trulsen to a gold medal.

Personal life[edit]

Walstad is employed as a photographer.[3]

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 2017–18 2018–19 2019–20
Masters DNP Q DNP
Tour Challenge F DNP DNP

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No 'Pants' but new Norway men's curling champs sure to fit right in at world championship | Edmonton Sun". 2017-03-29.
  2. ^ "2021 World men's curling championship: Scores, schedule and standings". Sportsnet. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  3. ^ 2019 World Men's Curling Championship Media Guide: Team Norway

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