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Irish Winter Olympics team announced

Updated: Thursday, 04 Feb 2010 14:13

Aoife Hoey and Claire Bergin
Aoife Hoey and Claire Bergin

The women's bobsleigh team of Aoife Hoey and Claire Bergin were among the athletes named today by the Olympic Council of Ireland to represent Ireland at next month's Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Hoey and Bergin will make Irish sporting history by becoming the first Irish women to compete in bobsleigh at a Winter Olympics.

Pat Shannon will compete in the men's skeleton bobsleigh, Kirsty McGarry in the women's alpine slalom, Shane O'Connor in the men's alpine slalom and PJ Barron in the men's 15k cross country skiing.

Leona Byrne was named as an alternate brakewoman for the women's bobsleigh.

Siobhan Hoey is the team's chef de mission for the Games which run from February 12-28 and Olympic Council of Ireland chief executive officer Stephen Martin said he was looking forward to 'many strong performances'.

Medal Table

Country Total
USA 45 27 30 102
China 38 28 23 89
Great Britain 29 17 19 65
Russia 25 25 32 82
South Korea 13 8 7 28
Ireland 1 1 3 5
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