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Friday, February 14, 2014

Sweden: 11 facts for the Sochi 2014 Paralympics


• Sweden have participated in all previous Paralympic Winter Games since they started in 1976, Games which the Swedes hosted.

Jalle Jungnell - Sweden Wheelchair Curling Team Jalle Jungnell of Sweden releases the stone during the Wheelchair Curling Round Robin game between Sweden and Korea at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games © • Getty Images
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Sweden's Peter Ojala will captain his sledge hockey team at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. © • IPC
 • Sweden have won 95 medals at the Paralympic Winter Games, of which 25 gold, 30 silver and 40 bronze.
• At the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, Sweden will compete in five sports: alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, biathlon, ice sledge hockey and wheelchair curling.
• Wheelchair curling skip Jale Jungnell is One to Watch for Sochi 2014.

• Sweden have not won a gold medal in the last four Winter Paralympics. Their last Paralympic champions in the Winter Games were crowned in 1994.

• Sweden's most successful Winter Paralympic athlete is cross-country skier Birgitta Sund who won six medals, all of them gold.

• Cross-country skiing is Sweden's best sport at the Winter Paralympics. Swedes have won 13 Paralympic gold medals in the sport, another 10 in alpine skiing and one each in biathlon and ice sledge hockey.

• At the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, Sweden collected two medals, both of them bronze. One came in cross-country skiing and the other in curling.

• Sweden has won an additional 597 medals at the summer Paralympics, 225 of them gold, 212 silver and 160 bronze medals.

• At the London 2012 Summer Paralympics, Sweden took home 12 medals total, four of each denomination.
• You can follow the Swedish Paralympic team on Twitter @handikappidrott or on Facebook.

Swedish athletes competing at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games:

Alpine Skiing
Linnea Ottosson Eide

Wheelchair curling
Jalle Jungnell, Facebook
Kristina Ulander
Glen Ikonen
Patrik Kallin
Zandra Reppe

Ice sledge hockey
Ulf Nilsson, Twitter: @ulfnilsson6
Kenth Jonsson, Twitter: @KenthSkiman
Niklas Ingvarsson, Twitter: @NIngvarsson3
Rasmus Lundgren
Marcus Holm, Twitter: @HolmSpray
Christian Hedberg, Facebook
Per Kasperi, Twitter: @8kasperi
Peter Ojala, Twitter: @Ojala18
Niklas Rakos, Twitter: @NiklasRakos
Stefan Olsson
Gunnar From

Nordic skiing (includes biathlon and cross-country skiing)
Helene Ripa, Facebook
Zebastian Modin, Facebook
Albin Ackerot (guide), Twitter: @AAckerot

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