Switzerland at the 2018 Winter Paralympics

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Switzerland sent people to compete at the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Switzerland has a team of 31 people. Only 13 are sportspeople. They are competing in three sports: para-alpine skiing, para-Nordic skiing and wheelchair curling.

Team[change | change source]

The team has 13 people.[1] They are competing in three sports: para-alpine skiing, para-Nordic skiing and wheelchair curling.[1] 18 other people are part of the team. They include coaches, administrators and sport officials.[1] The flag bearer for the Opening Ceremonies is Felix Wagner.[1] Luana Bergamin is the Chef-de-Mission.[1] Bergamin said he wants Switzerland to win 3 medals at the 2018 Games.[1]

The table below contains the list of members of people (called "Team Switzerland") that will be participating in the 2018 Games.

Team Switzerland
Name Sport Hometown Classification Events ref
Beatrix Blauel wheelchair curling Bâle wheelchair curling open class mixed team [1][2][3]
Marcel Bodenmann wheelchair curling Pfungen wheelchair curling open class mixed team [1][2][3]
Michael Brügger para-alpine skiing Plasselb standing [1][2]
Hans Burgener wheelchair curling Grindelwald wheelchair curling open class mixed team [1][2][3]
Robin Cuche para-alpine skiing Saules standing [1][2]
Theo Gmür para-alpine skiing Haute-Nendaz standing [1][2]
Claudia Hüttenmoser wheelchair curling Goldach wheelchair curling open class mixed team [1][2][3]
Christoph Kunz para-alpine skiing Reichenbach sitting [1][2]
Murat Pelit para-alpine skiing Stabio sitting [1][2]
Thomas Pfyl para-alpine skiing Schwyz standing [1][2]
Luca Tavasci para-Nordic skiing Samedan standing [1][2]
Stephani Victor para-alpine skiing Les Angeles sitting [1][2]
Felix Wagner wheelchair curling Russikon wheelchair curling open class mixed team [1][2][3]

Switzerland and Germany share a meeting place during the Winter Paralympics.[4] It is called "Maison des Alpes".[4] Fans, sportspeople, journalists and other people can go there and talk. The place includes a Swiss restaurant.[4]

Para-alpine skiing[change | change source]

Skiers[change | change source]

Christoph Kunz went to Pyeongchang with 2 gold medals. He won them at earlier Winter Paralympic Games.[1]

Schedule and training[change | change source]

Skiers had training runs for the downhill race on 7 March.[5] Their practice runs in the downhill on 8 and 9 March were cancelled.[6][7]

The first event on the para-alpine program was the downhill. It started on 10 March, running from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. The second event on the program was Super-G. All skiers will raced between 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM on 11 March. The super combined takes place on 13 March. The Super-G part of the event is in the morning. The slalom part is in the afternoon. The slalom event gets underway on 14 March and conclude on 15 March. Women and men both race during the same sessions in the morning. The afternoon sessions start with the women doing their second run. Then the men go.The last para-alpine skiing race of the 2018 Games is the giant slalom. It takes place on 17 - 18 March.  Men and women both race at the same time in the morning sessions.  Women race first in the afternoon sessions, with the men racing a half hour after they end.[8]

Results[change | change source]

Theo Gmur won a gold medal in the men's downhill standing race.  Arthur Bauchet of France won silver.  Markus Salcher of Austria won bronze.[9] In the men's Super-G standing race, Theo Gmur of Switzerland won gold, Arthur Bauchet of France won silver, and Markus Salcher of Austria won bronze.[10]

Men
Athlete Event Run 1 Run 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Michael Brügger
Robin Cuche
Théo Gmür
Christoph Kunz
Murat Pelit
Thomas Pfyl
Women
Athlete Event Run 1 Run 2 Total
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Stephani Victor

Para-Nordic skiing[change | change source]

Results[change | change source]

Men's distance
Athlete Event Final
Time Rank
Luca Tavasci

Guide: TBD

Wheelchair curling[change | change source]

The Switzerland national wheelchair curling team members are Felix Wagner, Claudia Hüttenmoser-Pfister, Marcel Bodenmann, Beatrix Blauel, and Hans Burgener.[11] Wagner is the skip.[11] They won the 2016 Wheelchair Curling World Championships. This won them the right to go to the 2018 Winter Paralympics.[11] To get ready for the Games, the team played in 5 international tournaments. They took place in Copenhagen, Wetzikon, Stirling in Scotland, Richmond in British Colombia, and Ottawa.[11] B. Braun Medical SA is the team's sponsor.[11]

Wheelchair curling competition started on 10 March. Switzerland plays against Sweden on 15 March.[12]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 "JO 2018: treize athlètes suisses participeront aux Jeux paralympiques de PyeongChang". www.lenouvelliste.ch (in French). Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 LOUIS, benjamin. "Liste des suisses sélectionnés aux Jeux Paralympiques d'hiver 2018 - Coeur Handisport". Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "PyeongChang 2018: Wheelchair curling profiles – Part Two". International Paralympic Committee. 24 February 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "PyeongChang 2018 - House of Switzerland". Drupal (in French). Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  5. "Alpine Skiing". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  6. "Alpine Skiing: 8 March". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  7. "Alpine Skiing: 9 March". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  8. "Programm". Austrian Paralympic Committee (in German). 12 February 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  9. "Daily Schedule - Sat, 10 Mar". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  10. "Alpine Skiing Live Results: 11 March". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 "Paralympics d'hiver 2018". www.bbraun.ch (in French). Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  12. "Så sänder SVT Paralympics 2018 - Sport | SVT.se". SVT Sport (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-02-16.