On the final day of competition at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the IOC Athletes’ Commission expressed its appreciation and congratulations to the athletes from all sports and the 88 NOCs in attendance for an outstanding Olympic Games.
The Chairperson of the Athletes’ Commission, Olympic silver medallist and three-time Olympian Claudia Bokel, stated: “The IOC Athletes’ Commission is entirely composed of Olympic and Paralympic athletes and we were delighted to see so many inspiring performances at these Games. The diversity of the athletes has been unparalleled in the history of the Olympic Winter Games, with a record number of NOCs and events represented, and they have offered incredible efforts, emotions and images over the past 17 days.
We would like in particular to acknowledge those athletes who have proudly represented their nations against a backdrop of challenges in their home countries. Their efforts have highlighted the power of sport in bringing people together and the enduring importance of the Olympic values in today’s world.
Additionally there has been a record level of engagement by the athletes in the election of the new members of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, with over 80% taking part in the election, and we look forward to the contributions Hayley Wickenheiser and Ole Einar Bjørndalen will make over the coming eight years.”