There is very little left for the start of the Winter Olympic Games, and Brazil is still looking for more places for Beijing 2022, which takes place between the 4th and 20th of February. The Olympic ranking closes this Sunday, 16th, and the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB), the Brazilian Confederation of Ice Sports (CBDG) and the Brazilian Snow Sports Confederation (CBDN) will convene the team that will represent the country in China the next day, at 11:00 am (Brasília time), through an Instagram live @timebrasil
The call-up will be made by Edson Bindilatti, record holder in participation in Winter Games (4), and Isabel Clark, who holds the best result in Brazil in the history of the competition: 9th place in snowboard cross, in Turin 2006.
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“It will be a very exciting call-up because we have more than one athlete vying for spots in two modalities, cross-country skiing and alpine skiing, and not just fighting for their own classification. This is very positive for winter sports and confirms our development over the years. We are working to make even more sports like this in the near future,” said Beijing 2022 Chief of Mission Anders Pettersson.
“And the two invited to the announcement of the call need no comment. Bindilatti is seeking its fifth participation in the Winter Olympic Games, already working behind the scenes, as a member of the COB Athletes’ Commission. And to Isabel Clark, former top-level athlete and always willing to collaborate with winter sports. I am very satisfied and confident that we will play a good role in Beijing 2022.”
Brazil already has four spots guaranteed in Beijing 2022, three in cross-country skiing (two for women and one for men) and one for men’s alpine skiing. CBDN has extensive internal competition for seats, which takes into account the performance of athletes in snow competitions, measured by FIS points. Bruna Moura, Eduarda Ribera, Jaqueline Mourão and Mirlene Picin are the main candidates among women, while Manex Silva and Steve Hiestand are vying for the men’s spot.
In addition, Brazil is seeking official confirmation of the bobsled spots (2-man, 4-man and women’s monobob); in freestyle skiing (moguls), with Sabrina Cass; and in skeleton, with Nicole Silveira. Augustinho Teixeira, in turn, has chances of qualifying in the snowboard cross, but he still struggles to improve his results in the last days before the call-up.
Beijing 2022 will be the ninth Brazilian participation in the Winter Games, which started in Albertville 1992. To date, 35 Brazilian athletes, from eight sports, have already participated in the competition. The country’s record was in Sochi 2014, with 13 athletes in seven modalities.