More Women than Men Compete on German Olympic Team
Enlarge image Pictured: the uniforms of the German Olympic and Paralympic team. (© dpa)
Germany is sending 152 athletes to compete in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and for the first time in history, it has nominated more women than men.
The German Olympic Sports Confederation has chosen 77 women and 75 men to represent Germany in 15 different sports during the upcoming games in Sochi, Russia. The youngest member of the team is 15-year-old ski jumper Gianina Ernst and the oldest is 48-year-old curling captain John Jahr.
"We are not only well diversified, but also can be confident of the team being successful," said DOSB President Alfons Hörmann after the announcement.
Members of the German Olympic team include alpine skiers Maria Höfl-Risch and Victoria Rebensburg, cross-country skier Claudia Nystad and biathlon competitior Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle. Members of the German team will also compete in each of the other 15 sports, which include everything from bobsledding to figure skating.
Earlier this month at a press conference, DOSB General Secretary Michael Vesper said he hopes the German team will, at a minimum, win as many medals as it did four years ago in Canada.
"Our aim is again to win at least 30 medals like Vancouver or even to exceed that," he said. "We want to be on the podium in the final medals count. It will certainly be no easy task but we will fight for it. It is an ambitious target but our federations are well positioned and our athletes fully motivated."
The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held from February 7 to 23 in Sochi.
By Nicole Glass, Editor of The Week in Germany