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Sweden at the 2012 Olympics: the lowdown

As Sweden prepares for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, The Local's Salomon Rogberg asks some of the country's top sports journalists what fans can expect from its athletes.

Sweden at the 2012 Olympics: the lowdown

The London summer Olympics Games have finally arrived, but many are concerned that there won’t be many medals for Swedes to celebrate this time around.

“Sweden’s chances are slim. It won’t be their best year, but they might get a few medals,” Jacob Hård, a sports commentator with Sveriges Television, told The Local.

And Lasse Persson, a commentator at the national broadcaster Sveriges Radio (SR) isn’t holding his breath either.

“It’s hard to say what our medal chances are. We have a tendency to be over-confident and think we’ll win a lot of medals, but usually this is not the case. There are always surprises,” Persson told The Local.

The Swedish Olympic Committee (SOC) however is more upbeat about Sweden’s chances, predicting a haul of at least five medals, beating the success achieved in Beijing in 2008.

“We will do better than we did in Beijing. That’s our motto,” Björn Folin SOC press officer, told The Local.

Visit our gallery for the lowdown on Swedish medal hopefuls by Hård and Persson.

The games are set to stretch over seventeen days, although football fans should take note that the competition starts already today, Wednesday.

Moreover, despite gloomy forecasts it can be comforting to be reminded that Sweden has done pretty well overall since the inaugural Olympic Games in Greece in 1896.

In fact Sweden occupies sixth place in the unofficial rankings, according to the SOC, and by 2004 had won 570 of the 12,200 medals awarded since the first games.

Salomon Rogberg

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Swedish skier Frida Hansdotter to retire after World Cup

Olympic gold medalist Frida Hansdotter will retire after the World Cup finals in March, she announced on Wednesday.

Swedish skier Frida Hansdotter to retire after World Cup
Frida Hansdotter in February's World Cup in Hammarbybäcken. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

The 33-year-old who denied Mikaela Shiffrin at the 2018 Games in South Korea has won three bronze and two silver world championship medals as well as a small globe in her preferred discipline since making her circuit debut as a teenager in 2004.

She finished in fifth place in the slalom and 11th in the giant slalom at February's world championships in Are.

“This season, I didn't feel the same hunger and motivation,” she said in a statement.

“The Olympic Games in Pyeongchang and the World Championship at home were my main objectives during the last seasons and I didn't want to think about what came afterwards,” she added.

“The last 15 years I travelled the world with skiing, pushing limits harder  then I ever thought was possible, achieving great things, met amazing people  on the way,” Hansdotter posted on Instagram.

“But it's time for me to say goodbye to the World Cup circuit and start a new chapter in life,” she added.

Her last race will be in Soldeu, Andorra between March 13th-17th as she looks to improve on her career best silver at Beaver Creek in 2015. 

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