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Swedes set sights on ten Vancouver medals

AFP/The Local · 5 Feb 2010, 07:05

Published: 05 Feb 2010 07:05 GMT+01:00

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"The team is not as strong as the team we sent to Turin, if you compare the season before the games," said Swedish Olympic committee (SOK) director Stefan Lindeberg.

"Fourteen medals in Turin was an exceptional result. If we can reach ten in Vancouver, that will mean Sweden has established a new level in Olympic sport. So far we have only taken ten or more medals in three Winter Games."

Lindeberg refused to name any potential medallists or give the number of gold medals Sweden was hoping to bring home, but did say of the men's hockey team that their goal is gold.

Ice hockey coach Bengt-Aake Gustafsson announced a squad up of many veterans such as star Peter Forsberg, 36, Fredrik Modin, 34, and captain Niklas Lidström, 39.

But the squad, referred to as 'three kronor' after the Swedish national 'three crowns' symbol featured on its jersey, has not achieved exceptional results this year and some, including Forsberg and Modin, have spent many weeks on and off the bench since November because of injuries.

A number of commentators believe biathlete Helena Jonsson is a potential gold medallist. The world number one is still ahead in the World Cup after 14 of the 25 events in the 2009-2010 season.

The skiing duel between Anja Pärson and US rival Lindsey Vonn is widely-anticipated, but Vonn, the reigning world downhill and super-G champion, is ahead of her Swedish opponent in the World Cup.

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Pärson still took a win in the super-combined event last week in St Moritz, proving she is willing to put up a fight.

On the men's side, Nordic skiing could also bring medals thanks to Emil Jönsson, who recently won the men's classic sprint in Otepaa, and Marcus Hellner, in third place in the World Cup after 21 of 31 events.

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Your comments about this article

01:01 February 6, 2010 by dizzymoe33
Good luck to all of the Swedish Athletes I hope they do well.
03:36 February 6, 2010 by Davey-jo
Only 10! What a lack of endeavour! The UK is going for 25 at least! Shame on you ....
09:58 February 6, 2010 by square
In 2002 winter olympics the Aussies got more golds then the Swedes so i'm sure they don't want that to happen again.
16:17 February 6, 2010 by Greg in Canada
Did you know that Canada is the only country to never get a gold medal when hosting the Olympics, and we've done that twice - Montreal and Calgary.

We'd better get lot of gold this time. Imagine how embarrassing it will be if we don't get any again.
20:39 February 11, 2010 by Liquidmonkey

oh man, we better get some gold this year!!

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