Don’t miss your chance to participate in the IOC Athletes’ Commission Election before voting closes on 21 February
Whether you’re a first-time Olympian at the beginning of your sporting journey or a retiring athlete soaking up your last Games, your interests are going to be represented over the next eight years – on and off the field of play – by two of the six candidates in the IOC Athletes’ Commission (AC) Election.
The commission is the bridge between the athletes’ voice and the IOC, so it’s vital that all athletes in PyeongChang take 10 minutes to empower themselves by registering a vote (and receiving a gift in exchange!) before the process closes at midday on 21 February.
The voting booths are located in the Athlete365 Space at the entrance to the main dining halls in both the PyeongChang and Gangneung Villages – and the results will be announced the following day, on 22 February, at the Village Media Centre in the PyeongChang Olympic Village Plaza.
Meet the candidates!
The candidates, who represent a broad range of sports and countries, will join the AC as IOC members for eight-year terms. They are: Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen (Norway, cross-country skiing); Ander Mirambell (Spain, skeleton); Kikkan Randall (USA, cross-country skiing); Emma Terho (Finland, ice hockey); Hong Zhang (China, speed skating); and Armin Zöggeler (Italy, luge). You can find out more about the athletes’ backgrounds and read their statements in our Election Manual here, which also contains instructions on how to vote.
More than 75 per cent of Olympians in PyeongChang have already registered their vote – a hugely encouraging figure, showing that athletes are highly motivated about shaping the future of the Olympic Movement – and now is time for the final push, to get participation as close as possible to the 100 per cent mark.
An athlete’s perspective
Manuela Di Centa, the Italian cross-country skiing legend who was honoured last week in PyeongChang by the World Olympians Association as an “Olympian for Life”, explains the importance of sharing your voice.
“When I quit my sport career, it was not easy. Everything, in one second, vanished,” she says.
“But from there, I said to myself: Manuela, you have received so much from sport that you have to find a way to give back something.
“So I started right away. I put my name forward and became a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission. And from that position as an IOC Member, you can do something for the athletes. That was a way that I tried to help athletes – especially young female athletes – to follow theirhearts.”
Voting for the IOC Athletes’ Commission Election closes at 12 noon on 21 February. The results will be announced at 2pm on 22 February at the Village Media Centre in the PyeongChang Olympic Village Plaza.