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Team Niklas Edin, Photo: Mats Fagerström
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Team Margaretha Sigfridsson set their sights on Sochi. Photo: Mats Fagerström
Sochi Winter Olympics

Sweden's curling teams aim for clean sweep

"We cannot wait to get started"
5:04 min

Anette Norberg made Swedish curling history in Vancouver 2010 when she led her team to a second consecutive Winter Olympics gold medal. Next week in Sochi though, the 46-year-old will be in the commentary booth instead of out on the ice, but IT Consultant Margaretha Sigfridsson can handle the pressure as well as the broom in leading the Swedish Olympic challenge against tough opposition from Canada and the UK.   

A European gold medal winner, skipper Sigfridsson will be enjoying her first Olympics and she told Radio Sweden that she aims for a podium finish next week:"We feel quite comfortable with the pressure, we have a good record in past championships together so it feels great and of course the Olympics will be something completely different."

Although she will be handling the all important broom, the job of throwing the last stone will not go to Sigfridsson but Maria Prytz, who makes up the quartet along with Maria Wennerström and Christina Bertrup. The team flew off to Switzerland on Monday for several days training before arriving in Sochi.

Peja Lindholm. Sweden's head coach of the curling team, believes Margaretha Sigfridsson's foursome can carry on the work of Sweden's iconic Norberg. He told Radio Sweden:"She has been very sucessful and this team have done really well, they are so ambitious, they have worked so hard and I am proud they have come so far."

While Anette Norberg and colleagues grabbed the headlines in Vancouver 2010, Sweden's men were centimetres away from claiming a shock bronze. But after years in the shadows of the women's team, Niklas Edin's foursome are hopeful of being amongst the medals for the first time since curling returned to the Winter Olympics programme in Nagano in 1998.

They beat Canada in their own backyard to win the World Championships last year and although they finished outside the medals at the European's in November, Niklas Edin told Radio Sweden that it is all about peaking for the Sochi games. "We have been preparing for this since we got the nomination in May and I think we have struggled this season, partly because of the long wait for Sochi, and we cannot wait to finally get going and see what we can do."

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