Thomas Ulsrud

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Thomas Ulsrud
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Born (1971-10-21) 21 October 1971 (age 48)
Team
Curling club Snarøen CC,
Oslo, NOR
Skip Thomas Ulsrud
Third Steffen Walstad
Second Markus Høiberg
Lead Magnus Vågberg
Career
World Championship
appearances
12 (1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
European Championship
appearances
17 (1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019)
Olympic
appearances
3 (2010, 2014, 2018)

Thomas Ulsrud (born 21 October 1971) is a Norwegian curler [1] [2] [3] from Oslo. He is the skip of the 2014 World champion Norwegian national team, a two-time European champion and Olympic silver medalist. Ulsrud is also the current holder of the record for most wins by a skip at the World Men's Curling Championship [ citation needed ].

Norway Country in Northern Europe

Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northwestern Europe whose territory comprises the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula; the remote island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also part of the Kingdom of Norway. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of the kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.

Curling Team sport played on ice

Curling is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric circles. It is related to bowls, boules and shuffleboard. Two teams, each with four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called rocks, across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice. Each team has eight stones, with each player throwing two. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game; points are scored for the stones resting closest to the centre of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game usually consists of eight or ten ends.

Oslo Capital of Norway

Oslo is the capital and most populous city of Norway. It constitutes both a county and a municipality. Founded in the year 1040 as Ánslo, and established as a kaupstad or trading place in 1048 by Harald Hardrada, the city was elevated to a bishopric in 1070 and a capital under Haakon V of Norway around 1300. Personal unions with Denmark from 1397 to 1523 and again from 1536 to 1814 reduced its influence. After being destroyed by a fire in 1624, during the reign of King Christian IV, a new city was built closer to Akershus Fortress and named Christiania in the king's honour. It was established as a municipality (formannskapsdistrikt) on 1 January 1838. The city functioned as a co-official capital during the 1814 to 1905 Union between Sweden and Norway. In 1877, the city's name was respelled Kristiania in accordance with an official spelling reform – a change that was taken over by the municipal authorities only in 1897. In 1925 the city, after incorporating the village retaining its former name, was renamed Oslo.

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Career

Ulsrud calling line at the 2010 Winter Olympics Thomas Ulsrud 2010.jpg
Ulsrud calling line at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Ulsrud has curled since 1983. [2] In his second World Junior Curling Championship in 1988, Ulsrud skipped Norway to a bronze medal.

World Junior Curling Championships international junior curling event

The World Junior Curling Championships are an annual curling bonspiel featuring the world's best curlers who are 21 years old or younger. The competitions for both men and women occur at the same venue. The men's tournament has occurred since 1975 and the women's since 1988. Since curling became an Olympic sport in 1998, the World Junior Curling Championship of the year preceding the Olympic Games have been held at the site of the curling tournament for the upcoming Games.

In 1997, he skipped in his first European Curling Championships, finishing in seventh place. Team Ulsrud competed again in 2000–2003, 2006–2009, winning bronze in 2002, silver in 2007, and bronze in 2009. [4]

The European Curling Championships are annual curling tournaments held in Europe between various European nations. The European Curling Championships are usually held in early to mid December. The tournament also acts as a qualifier for the World Championships, where the top eight nations qualify.

In his first World Curling Championship in 1998, Ulsrud skipped Norway to fifth place. After serving as the alternate for Pål Trulsen's team in 1999, he returned again as skip in 2006–2009, making the playoffs for the first time in 2006 and then defeated USA's Team Pete Fenson to win the bronze medal. Two more bronze medals followed in 2008 and 2009. [5]

World Curling Championships world championship

The World Curling Championships are the annual world championships for curling, organized by the World Curling Federation and contested by national championship teams. There are men's, women's and mixed doubles championships, as well as junior and senior championships for each gender. There is also a world championship for wheelchair curling. The men's championship started in 1959, while the women's started in 1979. The mixed doubles championship was started in 2008. Since 2005, the men's and women's championships have been held in different venues, with Canada hosting one of the two championships every year: the men's championship in odd years, and the women's championship in even years. Canada has dominated both the men's and women's championships since their inception, although Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Scotland, the United States, Norway and China have all won at least one championship.

Pål Trulsen Norwegian curler and Olympic gold medalist

Pål Trulsen is a Norwegian curler from Hosle in Bærum, and was the 2002 Olympic curling men's champion.

2006 World Mens Curling Championship 2006 World Mens Curling Championship

The 2006 World Men's Curling Championship was held April 1-9, 2006 at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell in Lowell, Massachusetts, United States. Scotland, skipped by David Murdoch, won the tournament defeating Canada in the final.

Between 2007 and 2010, Team Ulsrud won six World Curling Tour events, namely, the 2007 & 2009 Lucerne Curling Trophies, 2008 Baden Masters, 2008 Radisson SAS Oslo Cup, 2009 Swiss Cup Basel, and 2009 Bern Open. [3]

The World Curling Tour (WCT) is a group of curling bonspiels featuring the best male, female, and mixed doubles curlers in the world.

The 2008 Baden Masters was the fourth time the Baden Masters curling event was held. It was held from September 5 - 7, 2008 and was the first event of the 2008-09 World Curling Tour season.

The Swiss Cup Basel is an annual curling tournament held in October in Basel, Switzerland. It is one of the earlier curling tournaments of the World Curling Tour season.

At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Team Ulsrud attracted worldwide attention, not only for introducing Loudmouth Golf's colourful harlequin pants to the arena, [6] but also for winning the silver medal after the final game against Canada's Team Kevin Martin. [7]

The men's curling tournament took place at the Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre. The draws took place between 16 and 25 February 2010 and the final took place on 27 February 2010. The preliminary round was a round-robin tournament between all 10 teams; the top four qualified for the medal round.

Loudmouth Golf

Loudmouth Golf is an American sportswear company based in Sonoma County, California known for colorful trousers.

Kevin Martin (curler) curler

Kevin Martin, nicknamed "The Old Bear" and "K-Mart", is a Canadian retired curler from Edmonton, Alberta, an Olympic, world and 4-time Canadian champion and a member of the World Curling Hall of Fame. He is considered by many commentators and former and current curlers to be the greatest curler of all time. He is also known for his rivalries with Randy Ferbey/David Nedohin, the best Alberta provincial rivalry ever as the two teams were generally regarded the best in the world from 2002-2006; his rivalry with Jeff Stoughton, perhaps the most famous all prairies rivalry ever which spanned over 2 decades from 1991-2014; with Glenn Howard from 2007-2014, perhaps the best two team rivalry in Canadian curling history, and his rivalry with Sweden's Peja Lindholm from 1997-2006, perhaps the best ever men's Canada-Europe rivalry.

Immediately at the start of the 2010 World Curling Championship in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Ulsrud had to return home for family reasons. With Torger Nergård acting as skip, Ulsrud's teammates took first place at the end of round-robin games (10–1 score) and won the silver medal. [8]

Team Ulsrud began the 2010-11 curling season by winning their first European Curling Championship gold medal in Champéry, Switzerland. [9] The team topped the season off by finishing fourth at the 2011 Ford World Men's Curling Championship.

The rink won a second straight European Championships by winning the gold medal at the 2011 European Curling Championships. Later that season they would once again finish 4th at the 2012 World Men's Curling Championship. That season, the team won one WCT event, the 2012 European Masters.

The Ulsrud rink would continue their domination at the European championship by winning the silver medal at both the 2012 and 2013 events. They were less successful at the 2013 Ford World Men's Curling Championship, finishing in 5th place. The rink represented Norway once again at the 2014 Winter Olympics, where they finished 5th, with a 5-5 record. They lost in a tie-breaker match to Great Britain, skipped by David Murdoch. On the World Curling Tour, the team won one event in 2013-14, the 2013 Swiss Cup Basel. The team capped off their season by winning a gold medal at the 2014 World Men's Curling Championship.

The World champion Ulsrud rink began the 2014–15 curling season by winning the first WCT event of the year, the 2014 Baden Masters. That season, he won another silver medal at the 2014 European Curling Championships and won a silver medal at the 2015 World Men's Curling Championship, losing to Sweden's Niklas Edin rink in the final. The next season, Ulsrud led his team to a silver medal at the 2015 European Curling Championships and a disappointing sixth place finish at the 2016 World Men's Curling Championship.

In 2016, Ulsrud won another silver medal at the European Curling Championships, which he followed up by winning the Qinghai China Men's International on the tour the next month. Later in the season, he lost in a best-of-five challenge against Steffen Walstad which would have qualified his team for the 2017 World Championships, the first Worlds that Ulsrud would miss since 2010. Ulrsud and co. did get to represent Norway one last time at the 2017 European Curling Championships, where they finished in fourth place. They represented Norway at the 2018 Winter Olympics, placing sixth.

The Ulsrud rink began the 2018–19 curling season by winning the Baden Masters for the third time in their career. Ulsrud paired up with Kristin Skaslien at the third leg of the 2018–19 Curling World Cup in the mixed doubles event. The pair made it to the final, losing to Canada's Kadriana Sahaidak and Colton Lott. It was Ulsrud's first experience in mixed doubles. [10] After a light curling season, where they didn't play in any Grand Slam events, or in the Europeans or Worlds, Team Ulsrud announced they would be disbanding after the season. [11] [12]

Personal life

Ulsrud is married to Elin Grødal, and they have one son. He is employed as a business owner. [13]

Teams

SeasonSkipThirdSecondLeadAlternateEvents
1984–85 Bjørn Ulshagen Bjarte Nilsen Terje Strand Thomas Ulsrud1985 WJCC
1987–88Thomas Ulsrud Thomas Due Krister Aanesen Mads Rygg 1988 WJCC
1988–89Thomas Ulsrud Bent Ånund Ramsfjell Krister Aanesen Mads Rygg 1989 WJCC
1991–92 Thomas Due Torger Nergård Mads Rygg Johan Høstmælingen Thomas Ulsrud1992 WJCC
1997–98Thomas Ulsrud Johan Høstmælingen Thomas Due Torger Nergård Rolf Andreas Lauten 1997 ECC
2000–01Thomas Ulsrud Torger Nergård Thomas Due Johan Høstmælingen Flemming Davanger 2000 ECC
2002–03Thomas Ulsrud Torger Nergård Thomas Due Johan Høstmælingen Thomas Løvold 2002 ECC
2003–04Thomas Ulsrud Torger Nergård Thomas Due Jan Thoresen Thomas Løvold 2003 ECC
2005–06 Thomas Ulsrud Torger Nergård Thomas Due Jan Thoresen Christoffer Svae 2006 WCC
2006–07 Thomas Ulsrud Torger Nergård Thomas Due Jan Thoresen Christoffer Svae
Petter Moe
Thomas Løvold
2006 ECC, 2007 WCC
2007–08 Thomas Ulsrud Torger Nergård Christoffer Svae Håvard Vad Petersson Thomas Due 2007 ECC, 2008 WCC
2008–09 Thomas Ulsrud Torger Nergård Christoffer Svae Håvard Vad Petersson Thomas Due
Thomas Løvold
2008 ECC, 2009 WCC
2009–10 Thomas Ulsrud Torger Nergård Christoffer Svae Håvard Vad Petersson Thomas Løvold 2009 ECC, 2010 OG
2010–11 Thomas Ulsrud Torger Nergård Christoffer Svae Håvard Vad Petersson Markus Høiberg 2010 ECC, 2011 WCC
2011–12 Thomas Ulsrud Torger Nergård Christoffer Svae Håvard Vad Petersson Markus Høiberg 2011 ECC, 2012 WCC
2012–13 Thomas Ulsrud Torger Nergård Christoffer Svae Håvard Vad Petersson Thomas Løvold
Markus Høiberg
2012 ECC, 2013 WCC
2013–14 Thomas Ulsrud Torger Nergård Christoffer Svae Håvard Vad Petersson Markus Høiberg 2013 ECC, 2014 OG, 2014 WCC
2014–15 Thomas Ulsrud Torger Nergård Christoffer Svae Håvard Vad Petersson Sander Rølvåg
Markus Høiberg
2014 ECC, 2015 WCC
2015–16 Thomas Ulsrud Torger Nergård Christoffer Svae Håvard Vad Petersson Sander Rølvåg
Markus Høiberg
2015 ECC, 2016 WCC
2016–17 Thomas Ulsrud Torger Nergård Christoffer Svae Håvard Vad Petersson Sander Rølvåg 2016 ECC
2017–18 Thomas Ulsrud Torger Nergård Christoffer Svae Håvard Vad Petersson Sander Rølvåg
Markus Høiberg
2017 ECC, 2018 OG
2018–19 Thomas Ulsrud Torger Nergård Christoffer Svae Håvard Vad Petersson
2019-20 Thomas Ulsrud Steffen Walstad Markus Høiberg Magnus Vågberg

Grand Slam record

Key
CChampion
FLost in Final
SFLost in Semifinal
QFLost in Quarterfinals
R16Lost in the round of 16
QDid not advance to playoffs
T2Played in Tier 2 event
DNPDid not participate in event
N/ANot a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
Tour Challenge N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/ADNP SF DNP
Masters DNPDNP Q SF Q Q Q Q Q Q DNP Q
The National Q DNPDNPDNPDNP QF Q DNPDNP QF DNPDNP
Canadian Open Q DNP QF SF Q DNPDNP Q DNPDNPDNP Q
Players' Championships DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP QF DNPDNPDNPDNPDNP

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References

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  13. 2018 Continental Cup Media Guide