Olympic Committee Confirms Candidates for Sochi ({{commentsTotal}})

At a meeting yesterday, the Estonian Olympic Committee confirmed a list of 48 athletes contending for a spot in the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

The final list will be announced by January 27, reported sport.err.ee.

The biggest chunk of athletes on the list are cross-country skiers (16) and biathlonists (12). The list also includes six figure skaters, four Nordic combined competitors, two snowboarders, four downhill skiers, three ski jumpers and one speed skater.

The place allocation has so far been decided in two fields. In the biathlon, there are places for five men and four women. In figure skating, there is a place for one woman and one man in the solo tournament, as well as a place for one pair, but the only qualified pair cannot compete because the man does not have Estonian citizenship.

The candidates are:

Cross-country skiing
1. Aivar Rehemaa
2. Anti Saarepuu
3. Kein Einaste
4. Algo Kärp
5. Een Vahtra
6. Karel Tammjärv
7. Raido Ränkel
8. Piret Pormeister
9. Timo Simonlatser
10. Heidi Raju
11. Siim Sellis
12. Laura Alba
13. Kaija Vahtra
14. Peeter Kümmel
15. Triin Ojaste
16. Tatjana Mannima

Downhill skiing
17. Warren Cummings Smith
18. Tõnis Luik
19. Ranek Koni
20. Triin Tobi

21. Kadri Pihla
22. Siim Paalo

Nordic combined
23. Kail Piho
24. Han Hendrik Piho
25. Kristjan Ilves
26. Karl-August Tiirmaa

Ski jumping
27. Martti Nõmme
28. Kaarel Nurmsalu
29. Siim-Tanel Sammelselg

Figure skating*
30. Jelena Glebova
31. Viktor Romanekov

Speed skating
32. Saskia Alusalu

33. Kadri Lehtla
34. Kristel Viigipuu
35. Roland Lessing
36. Indrek Tobreluts
37. Daniil Steptšenko
38. Kauri Kõiv
39. Jan Treier
40. Grete Gaim
41. Johanna Talihärm
42. Daria Yurlova
43. Kalev Ernits
44. Rene Zahkna

*The list for figure skating is to be determined