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Frida Hansdotter and Anette Norberg.

Hansdotter and Norberg preview Monday’s vote

On Monday, it’s time for the decisive IOC vote that will decide the host of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2026.

The Swedish delegation is strong and includes Crown Princess Victoria, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven – and a ‘golden gang’ of Swedish athletes, including Frida Hansdotter (alpine ski) and Anette Norberg (curling).

They both know what it’s like to be successful in Olympic games and now they want to achieve another success – by helping Sweden to win its first ever Winter Games, and first Olympic Games since 1912.

“I’m a bit nervous and excited, but above all it’s very fun. The heart rate will be very high before this envelope opens tomorrow,” says Anette Norberg.

On Sunday, the Swedish team has rehearsed the all-important presentation to be performed at the IOC Session on Monday.

“We have rehearsed a little before tomorrow to make as good a presentation as possible. It is a bit like sport in that way, actually, that you train for the big competition and the final,” says Norberg.

Frida Hansdotter has also arrived in Lausanne and is delighted to be part of a strong Swedish delegation.

“It feels really exciting and fun to be here in Lausanne. The Swedish team is on a fantastic journey together and has done an incredible job so far. It will be fun to see what happens on Monday,” says Hansdotter.

The ski star, who took gold in Pyeongchang last year, added: “I think that Sweden has great opportunities and has done a great job. I believe that Sweden can organise an Olympic and Paralympic Games that would be absolutely fantastic for both skiers and visitors. Sweden’s vision is great.

She adds: “Everyone is happy, positive and looks very much forward to Monday.”

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