Team Brasil will have nine athletes competing at PyeongChang 2018

Stefano Arnhold is Team Brazil’s Chef de Mission. The bobsleigh team will be the first to arrive in Korea on February 1.

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01/22/2018 06:43 PM

Team Brazil will enter the upcoming Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 with a delegation of nine main athletes, plus a reserve athlete.  Brazil qualified for five disciplines: Alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboard, bobsleigh and figure skating. The bobsleigh team will be the first of the Brazilian teams to arrive in Korea, on February 1.  Before that, on January 27, COB representatives will be arriving to prepare delegation rooms and offices at both Olympic Villages of the Winter Games.  PyeongChang will be hosting the 23rd edition of the Olympic Winter Games from February 9 to 25, in South Korea.

The Brazilian delegation will include Isadora Williams (figure skating); Edson Bindilatti, Odirlei Pessoni, Rafael Souza, Edson Martins and reserve athlete Erick Vianna (bobsleigh); Michel Macedo (Alpine Skiing); Jaqueline Mourão and Victor Santos (cross country skiing); and Isabel Clark (snowboard).

Team Brazil’s Chef de Mission to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will be the president of the Brazilian Snow Sports Federation (CBDN) Stefano Arnhold. Master skier   Stefano was Team Head of snow sports at four of the previous editions of the Games (Salt Lake 2002, Turin 2006, Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014) and Chef de Mission to the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 and Youth Games Innsbruck 2012. In PyeongChang, Stefano will also act as Snow Sports Team Head, and the president of the Brazilian Ice Sports Federation will head the teams of the Ice Sports disciplines.

“We are very pleased with the full commitment of the athletes and their multidisciplinary technical teams of the Brazilian Ice Sports Federation and the Brazilian Snow Sports Federation that led to the qualification of nine athletes for five sports”, Stefano Arnhold says. “For the first time we qualified for bobsleigh 2-Man Men, and we will have a delegation in which the experience of widely acknowledged athletes, such as Isabel Clark, who is entering her fourth Olympic competition, and Jaqueline Mourão, in her sixth edition of the Games, is added to the youth of newcomers, like Michel Macedo and Victor Santos. Isadora Williams is entering her second Olympic edition of the Figure Skating competition, while bobsleigh pilot Edson Bindilatti, who has been with the team since Salt Lake City 2002, will be there for his fourth participation” Arnhold added.

The Brazilian delegation will be staying at both Olympic Villages: Gangneung, on the coast, and PyeongChang, in the mountains. Isadora Williams will be lodged at the Gangneung Village, on the coast, close to the venue where she will compete – the Gangneung Ice Arena. The remaining members of the delegation will be lodged at the PyeongChang Village, in the mountains where, besides snowboard, the bobsleigh, Alpine skiing and cross-country competitions will be held. 

In the pre-Games phase COB visited Korea twice. In February of last year, COB representatives attended meetings with the Organizing Committee and visited the Olympic venues. “The Brazilian Federations are working hard to make their plans and projects as stable as possible, and to keep Brazilian athletes’ elite level performance” commented COB general manager of Games and International Competitions Gustavo Harada, who went to PyeongChang last year. “The venues are excellent. PyeongChang has stable winter and it will offer a very good edition of the Games”, said Harada, who will be traveling to the host city of the Games on the 25th to prepare for the arrival of the Brazilian delegation.  

Team – Figure skater Isadora Williams was the first Brazilian athlete to qualify for the PyeongChang Games, in September of 2017. At that time, she ranked fifth at Germany Nebelhorn Trophy, and won one of the remaining six Olympic slots in the line-up for her discipline. Isadora also competed at the Olympic Games Sochi 2014.

Team Brazil will also be taking to Korea two teams for the competitions of bobsleigh, the sled that runs down an ice track at high speed.  Brazil qualified for the 4-man and, for the first time, for the 2-man championships. Edson Bindilatti will be the pilot in both of these competitions, and this will be his fourth edition of the Olympic Games.  His teammates will be Odirlei Pessoni (one entry), Rafael Souza and Edson Martins (one entry), who will also compose the 2-man team.  Erick Vianna will be the reserve athlete. 

The first athlete to qualify for snow sports was 19-year old Michel Macedo, who will be entering the Olympic Winter Games for the first time. Michel was born in Fortaleza and now lives in   Oregon (USA). He ranked among the Top 15 at the Olympic Youth Games Lillehammer 2016, which is Brazil’s best Olympic result ever in this sport. 

Jaqueline Mourão won her slot for her sixth Olympic competition.  Born in Minas Gerais, Jaqueline stands side by side with Formiga (football) and Robert Scheidt (sailing) as the Brazilian athletes with the largest number of participations in Olympic Games. Among both men and women athletes, she will the only one to compete in two editions of the Summer Games and four of the Winter Games.  In PyeongChang, Jaqueline will again enter the cross-country ski race (Turin 06, Vancouver 10 and Sochi 14). But she has also entered the Biathlon (Sochi 14) and Mountain Bike (Athens 04 and Beijing 08) competitions of the Olympic Games.

For Cross-Country Skiing, Brasil will be taking young Victor Santos for his debut at the Olympic Games. Born in São Paulo, Victor is one of the stars of the social project Ski on the Street, sponsored by Olympic athlete Leandro Ribela (Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014). Cross- Country is an endurance discipline, where competitors cover long and middle distance running on skis, using poles for thrust. 

Also, in snow sports, for the fourth time, snowboarder Isabel Clark will be back to the Olympic stage, as always, for the Snowboard Cross championship. Isabel answers for Brazil’s best result ever at the Winter Games, finishing in ninth place at Turin Games 2006.

History –  Brazil took part in the Olympic Winter Games for the first time in Albertville, 1992. Since then, Team Brasil took part in all the editions of the Winter Games. The largest Brazilian delegation to this date was sent to compete at the Sochi Games 2014, with 13 athletes in seven sports (Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboard cross, ski jumping, biathlon, bobsleigh and figure skating).

The Brazilian Snow Sports Federation and the Brazilian Ice Sports Federation are responsible for the development of their disciplines in Brazil.  The Brazilian Olympic Committee supports their efforts with grants from resources from the Agnelo/Piva Law and special projects to support the qualification for and participation in the Olympic Winter Games.