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Wickenheiser running for IOC athletes election

The Canadian Press

8/16/2013 1:40:38 PM

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Canadian women's hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser is running for election to the International Olympic Committee.

The native of Shaunavon, Sask., is among nine candidates competing for two places representing winter sports athletes on the IOC for eight-year terms.

Wickenheiser has represented Canada at four Olympics, helping the women's hockey team to three gold medals and one silver in that span.

Four-time World Cup downhill title winner Didier Cuche of Switzerland is also standing for election.

Four others are Alpine skiers: Austrian-born Kilian Albrecht for Bulgaria; Ana Jelusic of Croatia; Tanja Poutiainen of Finland; and Sarka Zahrobska of the Czech Republic.

Biathletes Ole Einar Bjorndalen of Norway and Darya Domracheva of Belarus, and Italian cross-country skier Pietro Piller-Cotter are also standing.