Erickson, 30, has been around for a long time, despite his relatively young age.
Already in Sochi, he won his first Olympic medal – and that’s without misbehaving on the ice. Ericsson was a backup in the Niklas Eden bronze team, just as he was four years ago in Vancouver.
– I was lucky enough to join when I was eighteen. Then I probably didn’t have time to play a little restroom, he says.
The role of the reserve is more than sitting in the stands and preparing to jump. The task includes a daily test of stones and fitness on the ice, as well as analysis of opponents and a lot of other things.
Daniel Magnuson took care of that part in Beijing – and of course he also took home a gold medal.
Got a lead role
When Eden remade his cast, Oscar Erickson got a major role. He was involved in the bitter final loss against the United States in Pyeongchang four years earlier.
The setback prompted Eden to carry on – and Ericsson to continue his purposeful investment. The Quartet, along with Rasmus, Rano and Christopher Sundgren, decided to give the Olympics another chance to search for the lost gold.
For Ericsson, the Olympics started early. He entered mixed curling with Almeida de Val already two days before the opening. After a questionable start, the duo took the bronze – Ericsson’s third Olympic medal.
The win over Canada in the semi-finals secured another match – 22 in three over three weeks.
– It’s so cool to have a fourth gold medal. It is very nice that we succeeded.
TT: What will happen to you in the future?
– It’s tough. We haven’t really said what we want to do after this season, but it will be an assessment and we’ll see what everyone wants to do. Right now you just want to win more, but mostly we have to enjoy the moment.
Trinidad and Tobago: He never mentioned that Beijing would be the team’s last stop if they won the gold medal?
No, we didn’t say anything about it. We’ll see what life is like for everyone. “Right now, I see a huge opportunity as we push into the future,” says Oscar Ericsson.
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