Sweden’s Bid For 2026

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It might have taken some time but now we can all rest easy knowing that the Swedish Olympic Committee have announced that 14 have been named to the committee.

The 14 have been named as ambassadors for Stockholm’s bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and in total there are now 39 listed.

The Swedish Olympic Committee calls them “new faces” to the group and on a positive note it’s interesting to note that are all current or former Olympians and Paralympians.

They all have pledged their support to help bring the Games to Sweden and among those named are Retired cross-country skiers Anna and Emil Jönsson Haag, 2018 Winter Olympic Slalom Skiing Champion André Myhrer and Olympic Biathlon champion Hanna Öberg.

Stina Nilsson made the list and is Cross Country Skier who won Gold at the Games in Pyeongchang.

Nilsson told the media that were on hand “Experiencing an Olympic Games on home soil is the greatest thing that an athlete could experience in their career and watching Swedish Olympic athletes at home would start dreams and goals for many youngsters.”

Not all ambassadors announced are winter sports superstars and additional ones are Wheelchair Tennis player Niclas Rodhborn, Swimmer Gunnar Larsson, Wheelchair Rugby player Stefan Jansson and Canoeist Agneta Andersson.

Their (Stockholm) bid for the 2026 Games is just one of two that remain in the running, as well as a joint candidacy bid from Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy, but some have concerns that both bids could collapse due to a lack Government support.

Other Countries that were in on the initial bid were Calgary, Erzurum in Turkey, Graz in Austria, Sapporo in Japan and Sion in Switzerland.

Calgary, Graz, Sapporo and Sion officially withdrew from the race for various reasons only known to them, while Erzurum was cut by the International Olympic Committee.

The next hurdle for the remaining candidates comes for discussion January 11 when they are expected to submit their bid plans to the IOC – but the deadline could be extended.

The host city is scheduled to be chosen or selected at the IOC Session June 23rd in Lausanne.