Record number of Swiss athletes head to winter Olympics

Kitted out: skier Gino Caviezel will fly to Pyeongchang with 170 fellow athletes. Keystone

The Swiss Olympic Association has nominated 171 athletes for the PyeongChang Olympic Games in South Korea – a record number for the winter games. 

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The previous record was 163 athletes – sent to Sochi, Russia, in 2014. 

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On Monday, Swiss Olympic announced the final roster for the alpine skiers and snowboarders, who will join their colleagues from disciplines such as bobsleigh, curling, figure skating and ice hockey from February 9-25 in PyeongChang

Ralph Stöckli, the leader of the mission, has set a target of at least 11 medals – the number that the Swiss team won in Sochi. 

However, two Swiss ski boarders are recovering from concussions: Sochi gold medalist Iouri Podladtchikov crashed and broke his nose at the X-Games in Aspen this past weekend, and David Hablützel had an accident at the World Cup in Laax on January 20. 

Also on Monday, the Swiss Post released a stamp depicting the PyeongChang ski jump to commemorate the Winter Games.

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