Goldline Ambassador: Thomas Ulsrud

He's not just a flash in the pan

Thomas Ulsrud and his team will long be remembered for their play (as well as their flashy attire) at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics where they walked away with a silver medal, coming up just a bit short in the final game against Canada’s own Kevin Martin.

Thomas has been on the curling scene for many years. In 1997, he skipped in his first European Curling Championship, finishing in seventh place. He has gone on to win the European crown in each of the last two years. He’s competed in numerous world championships, winning bronze in 2006, 2008 and 2009, and he also has 6 World Curling Tour titles to his credit.

We are proud to welcome Thomas and his team as one of our Goldline ambassadors this season!

Fresh off an appearance at the Oslo Cup, the Norwegian skip spoke with Goldline’s Hallgeir Moen this past week.

If you weren’t curling what sport would you be playing?

Where were you born?
I was born, and still live in Oslo, Norway, the most expensive city in the world!

What is your full time job?
Self-employed curling instructor and event coordinator

When did you start curling?

Who is your favourite athlete?
Roger Federer and Tiger Woods

What's your favourite place to curl?
It was the Vancouver Olympics but ask me again in a couple of years’ time and it will probably be Sochi, Russia

What's your favourite food?
I’m a man – I like steak!

Where is your favourite vacation spot?
Mirabella, Spain

What's your favourite TV show?
The Big Bang Theory

What're you listening to on your Ipod?
Depends on my mood, but I listen to a lot of classic rock – AC DC and Queen

Who is your favourite curler other than yourself?
Eigel Ramsfjell

Who's your role model?
Norwegian biathlete Ola-Ole-Eina Bjorneadlen

Have you ever been in a bar fight?
Oh yes, the girl was really pretty

Who's your celebrity crush?
Jennifer Aniston

What's your favourite book?
Golf is Not a Game of Perfect

What's your favourite movie?
The Bourne series

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would they title it?
Secrets to my Olympic Gold

If you could be anyone dead or alive who would you be?
For better or worse, Tiger Woods

What would you do if you had a million dollars?
In Oslo, a million dollars only pays for a loaf of bread, but if I had a whole lot of cash, I’d use it to promote the sport of curling. The sport needs to be a bit more flashy to attract young people.

Who is the best curler to follow on Twitter?
Ben Hebert

Who is your favourite sports team?
Vaalerenga Soccer (Norwegian soccer team)

What's your preferred shot to win a game?
A draw to the button with the sweepers using Norway pads to get the rock there

What is one of your favourite quotes?
Our team has a quote that we use repeatedly: If you want to be a champion, did you train like one or practice like one today?

What is your favourite body part?
The butt

What's your favourite form of exercise?
Off road biking

If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Convince my wife that I need to be away for a few months every year to play with the boys

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