Niklas Edin made the best of home-ice advantage, beating Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud in the final of the 2012 European Curling Championships, held in Karlstad, Sweden.
Along with winning the gold medal, the Swedish team also qualified for the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, March 30-April 7 in Victoria’s Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.
Ulsrud, seeking his third-straight European title, encountered a hot Swedish squad that suffered only one loss throughout the competition.
Edin will be skipping the Swedish representatives for a third consecutive year at the world championship, taking the bronze medal in 2011 and 2012.
The young skip made his first appearance at the international level in 2004, winning gold at the World Junior Men’s Curling Championship. In 2009, he led his team to titles in both the Winter Universiade (Winter University Games) and European Curling Championships.
Representing Sweden at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, Edin lost the bronze-medal game to Switzerland.
Edin will be joined in Victoria by third Sebastian Kraupp, second Fredrik Lindberg and lead Victor Kjäll.
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