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Canadian Wickenheiser elected to IOC athlete commission

The Canadian Press

2/20/2014 7:10:36 AM

SOCHI, Russia -- Canadian women's hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser has been elected to the International Olympic Committee's athletes commission.

Two new athletes are elected to the 12-member board at every Winter Games, succeeding those who are ending eight-year terms.

Four athletes are elected at each Summer Olympics.

Canadian Beckie Scott, a two-time Olympic medallist in cross-country skiing, has ended her eight-year term along with Finnish hockey player Saku Koivu.

Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen was also elected Thursday with 1,087 athlete votes. Wickenheiser received 758.

Wickenheiser has already won three Olympic gold medals and will play for another Thursday in Sochi. She has also represented Canada at the Summer Games in softball.