Team Sweden

Team Sweden L-R: Rasmus Wranaa, Amalia Rudstroem, Jordan Waahlin, Johanna Heldin. Photo: SCF

The Swedish curling team for the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria is composed of two boys from Sundbyberg Curling Club just outside Stockholm and two girls from IK Fyris Curling Club in Uppsala, 77 kilometres north of Stockholm. They won all five of their games when five mixed teams met during the first week-end of November in Gävle to qualify for the Youth Olympics.

The skip is Rasmus Wranå and his every day team mate Jordan Wåhlin is playing second. Third is Amalia Rudström and lead Johanna Heldin. All four members of the team were born in 1994.

Both Rasmus and Amalia have fathers who are former curling champions. Rasmus’ father - Mats Wranå - was Swedish champion in 1995 and skipped the Swedish team at the European Championships in Grindelwald, Switzerland the same year.

Amalia’s father - Håkan Rudström - was World, European and Swedish champion back in 1977 when Sweden organized the Men’s World Championship – the Air Canada Silver Broom - in Karlstad for the first time. Håkan’s team, skipped by Ragnar Kamp, beat Canada in the final. In the Swedish team Håkan’s elder brother Björn played second. Björn is now president of the Swedish Curling Association.

Rasmus, Jordan, Amalia and Johanna decided to play together during a special youth camp organised in early September in Karlstad. The Swedish Curling Association invited all young curlers born between 1994 or 1995 to the camp which was led by three time world champion Peja Lindholm who now is the Swedish national coach. Peja was assisted by the national junior coach Rickard Hallström who will act as coach in Innsbruck.

Altogether 16 boys and 12 girls joined the training camp at the Karlstad Curling Arena. Not only did they practice and play games of curling, but they also had lessons in skipping, strategy, rules along with information sessions about the Olympic movement.

Håkan Sundström
Swedish Curling Association

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