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Bruegger, Pyfl to lead Swiss Sochi 2014 delegation

Switzerland will send eight alpine skiers to Sochi 2014, including top men’s standing skiers Michael Bruegger and Thomas Pfyl. 12 Feb 2014
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Michael Bruegger

Swiss skier Michael Bruegger is now a veteran of para-alpine skiing heading into his third Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.

ⒸMichael Knaus
By IPC

Switzerland finished 13th on the medals table at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics with one gold and two silvers.

Eight alpine skiers and one guide will represent Switzerland at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, the Swiss Paralympic Committee announced on Wednesday (12 February).

The two biggest names in the Swiss delegation include two-time Paralympic medallist Thomas Pfyl and World Championship medallist Michael Bruegger in the men’s standing class.

Sochi 2014 will be the third Paralympics for Pfyl, who won the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) award for Best Debut the year after winning a silver and bronze at the Torino 2006 Games.

Pfyl, diagnosed with hemiplegia in his right arm at six months old, won a silver in the men’s slalom standing at the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, Spain.

Bruegger has competed on the international stage since 1998, with his best Paralympic finish coming at Vancouver 2010, where he won silver in the men’s downhill event.

Switzerland finished 13th on the medals table at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics with one gold and two silvers.

The full Swiss team roster for Sochi 2014 includes:

Christophe Brodard

Michael Bruegger

Robin Cuche

Christoph Kunz

Maurizio Nicoli

Thomas Pfyl

Jochi Rothlisberger

Hugo Thomas

Luana Bergamin (guide)