Born and raised in Sidensjö, a small village outside of Örnsköldsvik. Unlike most kids in the area, he picked up a broom and rock instead of a stick and puck, but still managed to make his way to the North American continent thanks to an icy sport like the Örnsköldsvik natives Peter Forsberg, Markus Näslund, the Sedins, Victor Hedman and a few more.
Niklas grew up on a dairy farm and truly knows what it’s like to work hard and earn your accomplishments. Helping his dad on early mornings and long days have helped him keep focus on long training sessions in both the gym and on the curling ice.
For the Love of Sport
Name a sport and it’s likely Niklas has tried it or even competed in it. In his younger years he often had two practices a day in different sports and it had his parents on their toes to keep up with his will to always stay active. Before he picked up curling at the age of fourteen, he mostly played football and tennis, and also competed in orienteering. Our guess is he made the right choice in going with curling at the end, being a world champion and all.
Do you want a tip on how to increase your chances of becoming a great athlete? Analyze those who are among the best in the sport you want to be good at. Despite starting with curling at the fairly late age of 14, Niklas managed to win the world juniors at 18 and compete for Sweden at the men’s worlds before going out of juniors. He says he got there by watching tonnes of VHS movies of the best players from Canada during his days in high school. He spent many hours analyzing tactics and playing styles, which he and his team then tried themselves during practise and games.