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Australia' s biggest Winter Olympic Team unveiled for Sochi

01-23-2014 19:11 BJT Special Report:Sochi 2014 Olympics |

SYDNEY, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) on Thursday announced the nation' s largest Winter Olympic Team for the 2014 Sochi Games in Russia.

The AOC said a record number of 56 skiers, snowboarders, skaters and sliders have been selected for the winter event, staring on February 7.

The size of the team will increase as the Games draw closer.

Australia will be represented in 10 of the 15 sports on show in Sochi.

Gold medalists Lydia Lassila, Torah Bright and Dale Begg-Smith headline the squad, with 70 percent of the team making their Olympic debut.

Two-time world 400 meters hurdles champion Jana Pittman has also been selected for the team in the two-woman bobsleigh event. She is the first Australian female athlete to compete in both the Summer and Winter Games.

Lassila (aerials) and Bright (snowboard) will be defending the Olympic crowns they won four years ago in Vancouver.

Two-time world snowboard cross champion Alex Pullin is among those named.

"The Olympics are that truly unique event that you get to feel the whole country behind you," he told olympics.com.au.

 

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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