Swedes look to spoil Canada's curling party

Sweden's Niklas Edin (left) and Viktor Kjall celebrate winning bronze at the 2011 world...

Sweden's Niklas Edin (left) and Viktor Kjall celebrate winning bronze at the 2011 world championships. (MICHAEL BURNS photo)

GEORGE KARRYS, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:42 PM ET

If there’s one country that might be poised to wrestle the world men’s curling championship trophy away from Canada, it’s Sweden.

Niklas Edin isn’t the tallest fellow on the ice; indeed, jokesters like Norway lead Havard Vad Peterssen do a pretty good impression of Edin — by “walking” on both knees.

But Edin’s Swedish national team walks tall on the ice, training and competing full-time, and they’ve steadily beat up on Canadian and world teams since they just missed a bronze medal at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

“Our goal is simply to win,” said second Fredrik Lindberg. “We’ve been playing a lot in Canada for a few years now, played against the best teams in the world, have learned a lot and gained experience. We think we’re ready now.”


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