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Team Hasselborg with the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in curling: Very good chances to medal

the world CHAMPIONSHIPS, running from 16-24 march, and there are many nations that can challenge Sweden for the medals. Sara McManus is the third stötare in the Team Hasselborg and says that Canada, Scotland, Switzerland, south Korea, Japan and China all can take a medal. For Sweden to get far in the tournament is the tactic important.

– You have to add up how much energy we want to spend on each match depending on which team we face, some matches, perhaps we can relax a bit more. We usually say that it would be nice to be able to play at 75 per cent for the first match and then gradually increase during the championship.

the hopes on the team and think there are good chances to medal. In particular, the routine from the previous finals be advantageous, but also the confidence and the trust the team has for each other.

" I hope that we can sit back and find a lovely feeling throughout the tournament. Can we get to it, feel comfortable and dare to rely on ourselves, I firmly believe that we will finish the tournament with a medal, " says Sara McManus.

She is joined by lagkramraten Agnes Knochenhauer.

– the Chances to medal are very good, the medal should we have. Since it is always tough, maybe it's five or six teams that are challenging but I definitely think that we are in the top three of these teams. Some teams we have never met before and there are many pieces that must fall into place. I hope that we will succeed with it and that we can finish with a gold medal, " she says.

several tough matches in a short time. Some days it is just five hours between matchstarterna and a curlingmatch takes about three hours.

" We're going to need very much rest. Overall, we take many short sovpauser, it is necessary both for the mental and physical side. We will need to allocate time well and take the help of our coach, " says Sara McManus.

Last year, the power team with an OLYMPIC gold medal in Seoul, world CHAMPIONSHIP silver and in the autumn, with a european CHAMPIONSHIP gold. The feeling to receive the gold medal in the OLYMPICS is hard to define.

" It was totally sick, haha, our families were there and we laughed and cried. It was a lump of emotions on one and the same time. It is almost more crazy in retrospect when you think about, but god, we have won the OLYMPIC gold medal. When we were there were you so extremely much inside the bubble, " says Sara McManus.

One reason for this success is the good chemistry between the team members.

– We have all since learned what are our success factors. We love what we do and each other. We have fun together and when we exercise curlingen. We have high ceilings and a very good communication with each other and our coaches. Since we love to aim for goals, " says McManus.

a special bond together since they work so close to each other for about 160 days of travel days per year, August to may.

" We put the team together, for that we professionally think that we are the best players at each position. Then we have become best of friends in the purchase is really something amazing, " says Agnes Knochenhauer.

" We're very dedicated to what we do and we have a strong passion for the sport. We believe very much in what we are doing. So long as we do it, I think that we will keep us at the top.

Sara McManus is hopeful and think that Sweden have a good chance at a world CHAMPIONSHIP medal. Photo: Andreas L Eriksson/Bildbyrån

the Team Hasselborg exercise now curling on a full-time, thanks to the sponsors and SOK. Something that also is one of the main reasons for this success.

" We are very proud that we can do it here full time and it is crucial of course. We look at the other nations that have the top team, if we would not be able to do this full time, we would not be able to keep us on the same level or even be able to challenge them. It had also not generated in these fine medals, we played home in a very short time, " says Sara McManus.

She lifts up the lagmomenten as the best with curlingen.

– When the team was put together we said that we must not love each other but we must respect each other. It was the starting point we had. Then, we have become like a family and I think it is so awesome to get together four people to work. We get together the dynamics and the communication is awesome.

After the world CHAMPIONSHIPS are waiting for two grand slam tournaments in april, both races take place in Canada. Then ends the season with the finals of the Curling World Cup in Beijing.

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