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Joraanstad wins 8th national title in curling

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Nicole Joraanstad doesn't spend much time reflecting upon her curling championships. That's because she doesn't have any time to waste. The Verona resident is too busy trying to juggle her career, parenting duties and her elite curling career.

"I think I thrive in chaos a little bit. So, that might be part of it. I like to stay busy. The competition and really competing and the thrill of winning is what keeps me going."

On a typical day, Joraanstad drops her young daughter off at school and then heads to her job as a manager of talent acquisition for TDS. She squeezes in ice time at Madison Curling Club on her lunch break or immediately after work before hitting the gym for more training. After that, it's a rush back home for dinner and bedtime before waking up to do it all again. She also has a competition schedule that has her on the road every other weekend for a large chunk of the year.

"The busier the better. Chaos is OK. I handle it well. Hopefully, people would say that. So, I'm OK with that."

She does indeed appear to handle it well. Joraanstad recently teamed up with Madison native Erika Brown and two others to win a national championship. It was Joraanstad's eighth U.S. national championship. The squad is now preparing for the world championships. They'll spend the next couple years refining their craft in hopes of making a run at the 2018 Olympics.

"We competed in 2010 and didn't quite have the finish we were hoping for at the Olympics. I still feel like there's some things left on the table. So, we formed this team this last year. We're really excited to see what we can do for 2018." 

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