"This is slightly fewer than we expected. But the curling team did not unfortunately succeed in qualification," Kliment said.

The list of athletes comprises 25 hockey players, three figure skaters (two men and one woman), four speed skaters, nine cross-country skiers, seven Alpine skiers, six aerobatics skiers, five ski jumpers, four Nordic combine skiers, ten biathlonists (5+5), and six snowboarders.

Downhill skier Sarka Strachova will be the Czech standard bearer. She will be the third woman after speed skater Martina Sablikova (Turin, 2006), and kayaker Stepanka Hilgertova (Beijing 2008) to play this role since the independent of Czech Republic in 1993.

The final nominations of athletes will be done on January 16, and the first group of the athletes will fly to Russia on January 30.


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