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Hayley Wickenheiser among 9 candidates for IOC election

Canadian ice hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser is running for election to the International Olympic Committee. The three-time Olympic gold medallist is among nine candidates competing for two places representing winter sports athletes on the IOC.

Skier Didier Cuche also a finalist

Hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser has won three Olympic gold medals while playing for Canada at the Winter Games. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

Canadian ice hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser is running for election to the International Olympic Committee.

The three-time Olympic gold medallist is among nine candidates competing for two places representing winter sports athletes on the IOC for eight-year terms.

There are five Alpine skiers also in contention, including four-time World Cup downhill title winner Didier Cuche of Switzerland; Austrian-born Kilian Albrecht for Bulgaria; Ana Jelusic of Croatia; Tanja Poutiainen of Finland; and Sarka Zahrobska of the Czech Republic.

Biathletes Ole Einar Bjorndalen of Norway and Darya Domracheva of Belarus, and Italian cross-country skier Pietro Piller-Cotter are also among the finalists.

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.

With files from CBCSports.ca

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