On Monday, 22nd January 2018, the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games quota spots in the six FIS disciplines were published. With 16 days until the Opening Ceremony, many nations have formally announced their Olympic teams.
In Cross-Country Skiing where a maximum of 310 athletes will compete, many nations including Norway, USA, Sweden and Finland have named their teams which include aces such as Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Marit Bjoergen, Heidi Weng (all NOR), Alex Harvey (CAN), Krista Parmakoski (FIN), Charlotte Kalla and Stina Nilsson (both SWE).
100 athletes will compete in the men's and ladies Ski Jumping, competitions. Many of the leading nations already announced their squads including Germany and Poland who both include reigning Olympic Champions Carina Vogt (GER) and Kamil Stoch (POL) in their teams.
Nordic Combined will feature a field of 55 starters and the “big two” nations this season, Germany and Norway have published their squads. For Germany, four-time World Champion Johannes Rydzek and reigning Olympic Champion Eric Frenzel will headline the team. The other reigning Champion, Jørgen Graabak, leads a Norwegian team which comprises current World Cup leader Jan Schmid.
Alpine Skiing sees a maximum of 320 male and female athletes compete in five individual competitions each and the inaugural Olympic team event. Nations are keeping their cards close to their chest, waiting for the last opportunity to announce their selections. Sweden and the USA were the first to nominate theirs teams, composed of stars including Frida Hansdotter, André Myhrer, Mattias Hargin (all SWE), and Mikaela Shiffrin, Lindsey Vonn and Ted Ligety (all USA).
In Freestyle Skiing, a total of 282 athletes will compete across six different Freestyle events. Leading nations including Canada and the USA released their line-ups, and both feature some heavy-hitting athletes. The Canadian squad will be led by moguls skier Mikael Kingsbury, while the U.S. squad will be led into the competition by their halfpipe and slopestyle team, with names like Gus Kenworthy, Mcrae Williams and Devin Logan.
Snowboard, which will see the Olympic debut of big air, will feature a combined field of 258 riders across five events. Canada, Norway and the USA already announced their line-ups which include the likes of Mark McMorris, Sebastien Toutant (both CAN), Stale Sandbech, Marcus Kleveland (both NOR), Jamie Anderson and Shaun White (both USA).
28th January 2018 marks the deadline for National Olympic Committees to formally enter their Olympic Team nominations to the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee.
To follow up-to-date news on the nomination of Olympic Teams, visit the FIS discipline channels.