By Patrick Burke | Thursday, 29 December 2022
Switzerland has named a team of 54 athletes for next month’s International University Sports Federation (FISU) World University Games in Lake Placid.
Lake Placid 2023 marks the first winter edition of the FISU Games since Krasnoyarsk 2019, after the 2021 edition in the Swiss city of Lucerne was cancelled at short notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Swiss team for the first winter edition of the Games held in North America since 1972, when Lake Placid was also host, is significantly reduced from Krasnoyarsk 2019, when nearly 100 athletes were part of its delegation.
It had intended for 126 athletes to compete at their home Winter Universiade in Lucerne last year.
Switzerland’s two gold medals at Krasnoyarsk 2019 came in Alpine skiing, and it again forms a significant part of the team with 14 athletes.
Morris Blom, Gianluca Boehm, Loïc Chable, Eliane Christen, Anna Dietrich, Michelle Hurni, Valentine Macheret, Yanick Mani, Aaron Mayer, Domenica Mosca, Andri Moser, Svenj Pfiffner, Federico Toscano and Alexandra Walz are the Alpine skiers in the Swiss team.
Ten cross-country skiers and two biathletes feature in the team, along with two in ski cross and one in freeski.
Three snowboard cross, two freestyle snowboard and three Alpine snowboard athletes add to the team, which is completed by four short track speed skaters, three figure skaters and a curling team of 10.
Christoph Böcklin is serving as Switzerland’s Chef de Mission for the Games.
A total of 1,443 athletes have registered for the Lake Placid 2023 FISU Games, which is scheduled for January 12 to 22.
A total of 86 events across 12 sports are due to be held in Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Wilmington, North Creek, Canton and Potsdam.