Olympic Teams are being announced
With a little over two weeks until the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, many nations have formally named their Olympic teams.
In Cross-Country Skiing where a maximum of 310 athletes will compete, Norway, Russia and Canada have named their teams which include aces such as Petter Northug, Marit Bjoergen (both NOR), Alexander Legkov (RUS) and Alex Harvey (CAN).
In Ski Jumping, 70 athletes will compete in the men's competitions while 30 will start on the ladies’ side. So far, many of the leading teams such as Poland and Japan have announced their nominations including reigning world champion Kamil Stoch (POL) and ladies’ World Cup leader Sara Takanashi (JPN).
Meanwhile Nordic Combined, which will feature a field of 55 starters, this winter's dominating nations of Germany and Norway have published their squads. For Germany, newly crowned Triple champion and overall World Cup leader Eric Frenzel (GER) will lead the team.
The Alpine Skiing nations are keeping their cards close to their chest and are waiting for the last opportunity to announce their selections. Norway was the first to nominate its team that will be led by super-G Olympic champion Aksel Lund Svindal.
In Freestyle Skiing, which will see the Olympic debut of slopestyle and ski halfpipe, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced the 26 athletes that will represent the nation, headlined by Olympic moguls champion Alex Bilodeau. In Sochi, a total of 282 athletes will compete across the six different Freestyle events.
Snowboard will feature a combined field of 252 riders across five events and the United States is sending a strong squad including superstar and double Olympic halfpipe champion Shaun White who is also set to compete in the Olympic debut of Snowboard slopestyle.
27th January 2014 marks the deadline for National Olympic Committees to formally enter their 2014 Olympic Teams with the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee.
To follow up-to-date news on the nomination of Olympic Teams, visit the FIS discipline channels.