Johan Niklas Edin (born 6 July 1985) is a Swedish curler. He is a two-time medal winner in the Olympics, with a silver at the 2018 Winter Olympics and the bronze in 2014. He is a four-time World champion (2013, 2015, 2018, 2019), seven-time European champion (2009, 2012, 2014-2017, 2019), and has won three Grand Slam events. He currently plays skip and Team Niklas Edin has been ranked No. 1 on the World Curling Tour for most of the 2017-18 season.
|Born||6 July 1985|
|Curling club||Karlstads CK, |
|9 (2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)|
|11 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)|
|3 (2010, 2014, 2018)|
|Grand Slam victories||3 (2016 Masters, 2016 Tour Challenge, 2017 Players')|
In 2004 Edin skipped his Swedish team to a World Junior Curling Championship title. In the final Sweden defeated Stefan Rindlisbacher of Switzerland. The following year he was an alternate for the silver medal winning Swedish team at the Juniors skipped by Carlsén. That same year Edin was the skip of the Swedish team that won a silver medal at the European Mixed Curling Championship. In 2006, Edin won a silver medal at that year's World Junior Championships. He played third for Carlsén. The team also qualified for the 2006 World Men's Curling Championship and they finished in fifth place. In 2007, Edin won another Silver medal at the World Junior Championships.
After juniors, Edin quickly became one of the top skips in the country, filling the void of the retiring Peja Lindholm. In 2009, he won a gold medal at the Winter Universiade. Later in the year, he won a gold medal at the 2009 European Curling Championships, in his first event. This made him a medal threat at the 2010 Winter Olympics. However, he skipped Sweden to a fourth-place finish, losing the bronze medal game to Switzerland.
Edin's 2010–11 season was somewhat successful. At the 2010 European Curling Championships, his Swedish team failed to make the playoffs, but made up on this by winning a bronze medal at the 2011 Ford World Men's Curling Championship. On the World Curling Tour, Edin made it to two Grand Slam quarter finals, and became the first non-Canadian skip to make it to a men's Grand Slam final, at the 2011 Players' Championship where he lost to Kevin Martin.
Edin's rink continued their success into the 2011-12 season. The team won a silver medal at the 2011 European Curling Championships after losing in the final to Norway's Thomas Ulsrud. Later that season, the team won a bronze medal at the 2012 World Men's Curling Championship.
The 2012-13 season was Edin's best season up until then. The rink won two gold medals in the season. The first came at the 2012 European Curling Championships where they beat Ulsrud in the final. Then the team won the 2013 World Championship, which would be Edin's his first world championship gold medal. This was the first time Sweden had won a world title since 2004.
The 2013-14 season would not be as successful for the Edin rink. The team finished with a disappointing 5th place at the 2013 European Curling Championships. Edin would then skip the Swedish men's team at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Edin led Sweden to a first-place finish after the round robin, with an 8-1 record. However, they lost to the 4th place Great Britain team skipped by David Murdoch in the semi-final. Following this defeat, the team did beat China's Liu Rui for the bronze medal, giving Edin his first Olympic medal of his career.
The 2014-15 season was another golden year, as Edin would pick up another European gold medal when he won the 2014 European Curling Championships. Edin led Team Sweden to a perfect 11-0 record to win his third gold medal at the European Championship, defeating Norway's Ulsrud in the final game. Edin capped off the season by winning his second World Championship gold medal at the 2015 Ford World Men's Curling Championship. While the team lost three round robin games, they would rally in the playoffs defeating Finland, Canada and then their Norwegian rivals once again to pick up the championship. That season, the team would go to their second career Grand Slam final, losing in the inaugural Elite 10 event.
As defending European champions, the Edin rink picked up their second straight gold medal when they won the 2015 European Curling Championships, this time defeating Switzerland's Peter de Cruz in the final. The team found less success at that season's World Championships, placing sixth.
The 2016–17 curling season would be Edin's best on the World Curling Tour. His rink would win three Grand Slam events, the 2016 WFG Masters (becoming the first non-Canadian skip to win a men's Grand Slam event), the 2016 GSOC Tour Challenge and the 2017 Players' Championship. His team would finish the season in first place on the Tour in terms of order of merit points and money won, the first time a non-Canadian team would do so. Off the tour, Edin would win his fifth European Championship at the 2016 European Curling Championships and would go on to make the finals of the 2017 World Men's Curling Championship, but lost to Canada (skipped by Brad Gushue), winning a silver medal.
Edin won another European Championship in 2017 and skipped the Swedish men's team at the 2018 Winter Olympics, where he won a silver medal, losing to the United States (skipped by John Shuster) in the gold medal game. Edin would avenge his loss to Gushue at the 2017 Worlds by defeating him in the finals of the 2018 World Men's Curling Championship to win the gold medal. On the World Curling Tour, Edin would not win any slams, but made it to the finals in three events.
At the 2018 European Curling Championships, Team Edin went undefeated in the tournament until the final, where they lost to Scotland's Bruce Mouat rink. They again represented Sweden at the 2019 World Men's Curling Championship, winning the gold medal over Team Canada's Kevin Koe. It was Edin's fourth career World championship, tying Ernie Richardson's record of four World championships as a skip. Edin played in all four legs of the inaugural Curling World Cup, losing in the finals of the second and third legs.
Team Edin had a slow start to the 2019–20 season. After finishing runner-up at the Baden Masters, they didn’t qualify for the playoffs at the first Grand Slam, the 2019 Masters. They just squeaked into the playoffs at the 2019 Tour Challenge before losing to Brad Gushue in the quarters.
In 2009 he was inducted into Swedish Curling Hall of Fame.
Grand Slam Record
When Edin won the 2016 WFG Masters, he became the first non-Canadian skip to win a men's Grand Slam event.
|F||Lost in Final|
|SF||Lost in Semifinal|
|QF||Lost in Quarterfinals|
|R16||Lost in the round of 16|
|Q||Did not advance to playoffs|
|T2||Played in Tier 2 event|
|DNP||Did not participate in event|
|N/A||Not a Grand Slam event that season|
- "Niklas Edin". Retrieved 5 February 2009.
- "World Curling Tour - Men Rankings 2017-18, week 24". Worldcurl.com. Jan 2018. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
- "Edin is World Champ". Curlingscoops.com. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
- "Niklas Edin becomes first non-Canadian skip to win Grand Slam of Curling Masters".
- "World Curling Tour: #1 Ranked Edin Opens Season in Baden".
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