Austria names 81 athletes for Winter Olympics

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Austria named an 81-strong squad for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver on Sunday.

The final list was narrowed down to 81 from an initial 84 and the team was spearheaded by two-time Turin Olympics medallist Marlies Schild, the reigning world champion in Nordic combined Kathrin Zettel and Benjamin Raich, two-time Olympic champion in 2006 and current leader in the overall World Cup standings.

Austria finished third in the medals table in 2006, with a total 23 medals, including nine golds.

Following is the Austrian squad for the February 12-28 Olympics:

Biathlon: Tobias Eberhard, Simon Eder, Dominik Landertinger, Daniel Mesotitsch, Fritz Pinter, Christoph Sumann.

Nordic combined: Christoph Bieler, Felix Gottwald, Bernhard Gruber, David Kreiner, Mario Stecher.

Ski jumping: Martin Koch, Andreas Kofler, Wolfgang Loitzl, Thomas Morgenstern, Gregor Schlierenzauer.

Alpine skiing

Women: Eva-Maria Brem, Anna Fenninger, Andrea Fischbacher, Elisabeth Goergl, Michaela Kirchgasser, Regina Mader, Marlies Schild, Nicole Schmidhofer, Kathrin Zettel.

Men: Romed Baumann, Hans Grugger, Reinfried Herbst, Marcel Hirscher, Klaus Kroell, Mario Matt, Manfred Pranger, Benjamin Raich, Hannes Reichelt, Mario Scheiber, Philipp Schoerghofer, Georg Streitberger, Michael Walchhofer.


Women: Doris Guenther, Marion Kreiner, Doresia Krings, Ina Meschik, Maria Ramberger, Claudia Riegler, Manuela Riegler

Men: Mario Fuchs, Siegfried Grabner, Lukas Gruener, Benjamin Karl, Andreas Prommegger, Markus Schairer, Ingemar Walder.

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