Finland confirm first caps for 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics
TABLE of the Finnish Olympic Committee on Monday confirmed the first athlete selections made by its high performance unit for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China from February 4 to 20.
A total of 16 athletes, as well as men’s and women’s ice hockey teams, have been nominated for the games, with the composition of the ice hockey teams to be announced later.
Mika lehtimaki, head of the high performance unit of the Finnish Olympic Committee, said Finland only got places for ice hockey, cross-country skiing and figure skating, as places for most sports are not available. will be awarded only after the qualifying period ending January 17th.
“We follow the principles of flexible selection,” he said.
“With the selections prepared in cooperation with the sports federations, we wanted to support our top athletes’ preparations for the games and allow them to focus as we head into February,” Lehtimäki explained. “The qualification status of the selected athletes is currently so clear that we were able to nominate these athletes to our team. “
Husband Eder, Olli hiidensalo and Tero Seppälä have been chosen to compete in biathlon; Anni Kärävä and Jimi Salonen in freestyle skiing; Enni Rukajärvi, Kalle Järvilehto and René Rinnekangas in snowboarding; Kerttu Niskanen, Krista Pärmäkoski, Iivo Niskanen and Lauri Vuorinen in cross-country skiing; Julia Kykkänen in ski jumping; Juulia turkkila and Matthias versluis in pair skating; and Ilkka Herola in Nordic combined.
Lehtimäki said that all of the selected athletes have demonstrated their potential to place in the top 16 against the best in the world in their respective sport this season.
“The selection bar was slightly higher for cross-country skiing based on our joint agreement, as there is stiffer internal competition for places at the Olympic Games,” he added.
The Finnish Olympic Committee is due to announce its full squad, of around 90 athletes, for the January 24 games. Ice hockey teams will make up about half, or 48, of the athletes, according to Lehtimäki.
“Because spots haven’t been filled in curling and speed skating, our sports family will be slightly narrower than four years ago at the PyeongChang Olympics. We can have an impact on the situation until mid-January, but we do not expect significant fluctuations, ”he commented.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT