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These 19 Belgians have been selected to participate in the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing |  Winter Games

These 19 Belgians have been selected to participate in the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing | Winter Games

Belgium will travel to Beijing with 19 athletes (plus two in reserve) for the Winter Games (4-20 February). These Belgians compete in 9 sports. The Belgian and Federal Olympic Committee (BOIC) officially announced the selection on Friday.

Team Belgium consists of three alpine skiers (Armand Marchant, Sam Mays, and Dries van den Bruek), five athletes (Florent-Claude, Tom Hague-Govart, César Bouvier, Thierry Langer, Lotte Lee), and two team skis (Anne Vannewenhos). , and Sarah Aerts), cross-country skier (Thibaut De Marre), skeleton (Kim Meylemans) and snowboarder (Evy Poppe).

At the end of December, the BIC announced the first selection of six athletes: snowboarder Luina Hendricks, speed skaters Bart Swings, Sandrine Tass and Mathias Fausti, and short track speed skaters Hanne and Stijn Desmet. Olaf Shebal is Head Chef.

The selection of Dries Van den Broecke and Evy Poppe is subject to a court decision, and their selection is being challenged by Tom Verbeke and Loranne Smans respectively. Pjotr ​​Dielen is a reserve for the biathlon relay team, Kelly van Petgem is a reserve for the bobsleigh team.

In Beijing, the Belgian and Federal Olympic Committee (BOIC) initially intended to be the largest delegation ever at the Winter Games, but due to, among other things, two short-track teams’ disqualification and the injury of snowboarder Sebi Smits, Team Belgium now has 19 athletes. .

At the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Belgium sent 22 athletes, the largest delegation since 1936. That year, 27 Belgian winter sports enthusiasts were in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, the largest Belgian selection to date.

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Bart Swings is the top Belgian medalist in Beijing. Four years ago he raced for a silver in a mass start in Pyeongchang. Swings in Beijing is one of the favorite games of that mass start, entering the Olympic program for the second time.

Olav Spahl wants to do better in Beijing than he did 4 years ago, especially in terms of top 8 places. “I see the possibility of getting 5 to 8 Olympic diplomas,” said the head of the delegation, Spall.