At the 2000 World Junior Curling Championships, Joraanstad played third for Laura Delaney and won a bronze medal for Team USA. The following year, Joraanstad skipped her own team to a seventh place finish.
Joraanstad left Lank's team and joined up with Debbie McCormick. Team USA won a silver medal at the 2006 Ford World Women's Curling Championship losing to Sweden (skipped byAnette Norberg) in the final.
At the 2007 Aomori World Championships, Joraanstad and Debbie McCormick's Team USA lost to Scotland in the semi-final and took 4th place.
At the 2008 Women's National Championships in Hibbing, Minnesota, Joraanstad won her third straight national championship while playing for Debbie McCormick. Team McCormick was the first team to ever win three consecutive U.S. national titles. At the 2008 Vernon World Championships, Joraanstad and Debbie McCormick's Team USA finished 6-5 after round-robin play and did not advance to the playoff round.Joraanstad, left, sweeping a stone withNatalie Nicholson at the 2010 Winter Olympics
On June 4, 2008, Joraanstad received the Madison Sports Hall of Fame Club 2008 Sportswoman of the Year Award.
At the US National Championship / Olympic Trials - Curling in 2009, Joraanstad won her fourth straight national championship while playing with Debbie McCormick. They also won the right to represent the US at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, BC.
In 2010, McCormick left the team as skip, and was replaced by the team's third, Allison Pottinger. Joraanstad would be promoted to the team's third.
In 2011, Team Pottinger (who Nicole plays third for) lost the US National Championship final to Patti Lank.
In 2012, Team Pottinger beat Cassie Potter in the final to go on to the World Championships in Lethbridge, Alberta. They lost a tie-breaker to get into the play-offs at the Worlds and finished fourth. Their win at the US Nationals earned them a spot into the 2013 Olympic Trials - Curling for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The Olympic Trials - Curling are in November 2013.
Joraanstad has played in five Continental Cups, more than any North American curler.
Joraanstad holds a business degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison.