During the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, two athletes were elected to join the IOC Athletes’ Commission.
Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen, who claimed his record 13th Olympic title at the Sochi Games, and Canadian ice hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser were elected for eight-year terms after a record 80.87 per cent of Olympians eligible voted.
We had the chance to speak with the two new members about their new role, what they are looking forward to and how they intend to represent athletes within the Olympic Movement.
Their sporting achievements prove they are well equipped and ready for the task ahead!
Danka BARTEKOVA, Ole Einar BJØRNDALEN, Amadou DIA BA (WOA),Kirsty COVENTRY, Tony ESTANGUET, Stefan HOLM, Barbara KENDALL, Dae Sung MOON, Todd NICHOLSON (IPC), Adam PENGILLY, Alexander POPOV, Yumilka RUIZ LUACES, James TOMKINS, Hayley WICKENHEISER, Pedro YANG, Yang YANG
Peter TALLBERG, HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II, Sergey BUBKA, Frank FREDERICKS
Ice Sledge Hockey
University of Matej Bel, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia (2003-2009), Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations, main course: International Relations; currently enrolled in the PhD. Studies (3rd class) at the same Faculty
Employee of the Centre of National Sport Representation of the Ministry of Interior in Slovakia as a professional athlete (since 2003)