The Swedish Olympic Committee is proud to present ten new ambassadors committed to helping win the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sweden and Stockholm in 2026.
Amongst them is ice hockey goalkeeper and NHL-star Henrik Lundqvist, who has two Olympic medals to his name—a gold in Turin 2006 and a silver in Sochi 2014.
“First off, hosting the Olympics on home soil would really be special for the athletes. It is also a great opportunity for Sweden as a country to show the world who we really are. Having grown up in Åre, I personally think it would be amazing to see the Olympics in Åre.”
Amongst the new ambassadors is also Henrik’s twin brother Joel.
”Sweden is truly a great sporting country. The time has come for both the athletes and the public to experience the Olympic Games on home soil. It would really mean a lot. I personally remember growing up in Åre in the 80’s, when we bid on the Games a few times, but never quite made it”.
There are now a total of 49 Swedish current and former elite athletes who are committed to helping Sweden win the bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
The ambassadors had previously been presented in two groups – the first in November and the second right before Christmas.
”I have competed in five Olympic Games throughout my career. Those were some of the most amazing times I have ever experienced. The Olympics are truly an event that brings people together and they spread so much joy, community spirit and enable future opportunities. Imagine if the Olympic Games in Sweden became be a reality. It’s time to take our chance and host an Olympics like only Sweden can” says Swedish diver Anna Lindberg.
Stockholm and Milano/Cortina in Italy are the two candidate cities bidding to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2026. The final decision will take place during an IOC meeting in Lausanne on June 24.
The 10 new ambassadors are:
Henrik Lundqvist, Ice Hockey
Joel Lundqvist, Ice Hockey
Henrik Harlaut, Slopestyle Skiing
Peter Ojala, Para Ice Hockey
Anna Laurell, Boxing
Sofia Mattsson, Wrestling
Mattias Andersson, Handball
Aaron Lindström, Para Alpine skier
Maximilian Gyllsten, Para Ice Hockey
Anna Lindberg, Diving