LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Downhill skiing great Didier Cuche of Switzerland is running for election to the International Olympic Committee.
The four-time World Cup downhill title winner, who retired from racing in 2012, is among nine candidates competing for two places representing winter sports athletes on the IOC for eight-year terms, the Olympic body said Friday.
Six-time Olympic biathlon gold medalist Ole Einar Bjorndalen of Norway and Canadian ice hockey great, Hayley Wickenheiser, a three-time Olympic champion, are also are competing for election at the Sochi Games in February.
Four other candidates are Alpine skiers: Austria-born Kilian Albrecht for Bulgaria; Ana Jelusic of Croatia; Tanja Poutiainen of Finland; and Sarka Zahrobska of the Czech Republic.
Italian cross-country skier Pietro Piller-Cottrer, a gold medalist at the Turin Games in 2006, and biathlete Darya Domracheva of Belarus complete the lineup.
Candidates must have competed at the 2010 Vancouver Games or be taking part at Sochi. All athletes competing at Sochi are eligible to vote at the Feb. 7-23 event.
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