Cuche Among 9 Candidates For IOC Athletes Election

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Downhill skiing great Didier Cuche of Switzerland is running for election to the International Olympic Committee.

The four-time World Cup downhill title winner is among nine candidates competing for two places representing winter sports athletes on the IOC for eight-year terms.

Four others are Alpine skiers: Austrian-born Kilian Albrecht for Bulgaria; Ana Jelusic of Croatia; Tanja Poutiainen of Finland; and Sarka Zahrobska of the Czech Republic.

Canadian ice hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser, biathletes Ole Einar Bjorndalen of Norway and Darya Domracheva of Belarus, and Italian cross-country skier Pietro Piller-Cotter are also running.

All athletes competing at the Sochi Olympics are eligible to vote at the games in February.

The two winners will replace Canadian cross-country skier Beckie Scott and ice hockey player Saku Koivu of Finland.