Sweden's Elisabeth Högström inducted into WCF Hall of Fame

  • Photo: WCF / Hamish Irvine

Sweden’s Elisabeth Högström has been inducted into the World Curling Federation Hall of Fame at the conclusion of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2016 in her hometown – Karlstad, Sweden.

Throughout an international playing career that spanned more than a decade, Högström represented Sweden at four World Women’s Curling Championships, the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Canada – where curling was an exhibition sport – and seven European Curling Championships.

She won six Gold medals – one at the 1981 World Women’s in Perth, Scotland and a further five at the European Curling Championships in 1976, 1980, 1982, 1983 and 1988. She added to this tally with four Silver medals. These were won at the World Women’s in 1980 in Perth, Scotland and 1982 in Geneva, Switzerland; and one each at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games and the 1981 European Curling Championships.

Högström has also spent time working with Swedish junior curlers and coached Sweden’s junior men’s team in 1999.

WCF President, Kate Caithness, said: “I am delighted to honour Elisabeth Högström with the highest accolade in curling by inducting her into the World Curling Federation Hall of Fame.

“Elisabeth was born in Karlstad and raised with curling, before going onto have an illustrious career in the sport, making her an extremely worthy recipient of this award.”

Members of the World Curling Federation Hall of Fame are inducted either as ‘curlers’ or ‘builders’. A ‘curler’, the category which Högström is inducted under, is someone who has demonstrated World Championship level playing ability, sportsmanship and character, and who has achieved extraordinary distinction and outstanding results in the sport of curling. 

Högström is one of three inductees to the World Curling Federation Hall of Fame this season. Warren Hansen of Canada was inducted, as a 'builder', earlier this month at the World Men’s Curling Championship 2016 in Basel, Switzerland, while Franco Zumofen of Italy will be inducted, also as a 'builder', at the summer bonspiel in Cortina, Italy.
 
This is the fifth year the World Curling Federation has accepted nominations for induction into the Hall of Fame, which is described as “the highest ‘non-playing’ honour that the World Curling Federation can bestow. This recognises outstanding achievements and contribution to World Curling.
 
Prior to 2012, the WCF awarded the World Curling Freytag Award, named after the late Elmer Freytag of the U.S. Curling Association, who was a founding member of the International Curling Federation (now the WCF).
 
For more information on the World Curling Hall of Fame, go to: www.worldcurling.org/world-curling-hall-of-fame