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PyeongChang 2018

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Three days ahead of the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and four days ahead of the first game in the tournament, the Swiss Women's national team moved into the Olympic Village.

Photo: athleticpictures.ch / Andreas Haas

After five days of preparation in Goyang, which included the exhibition games against Canada (0-10) and Finland (1-4), the Swiss started practicing in the Kwandong Hockey Center in Gangneung yesterday. Friday, the opening ceremony will be on the program, on Saturday the first game will be on: the Swiss will face the host team, a unified Korea (1 PM CET, live on SRF INFO). What looks like an easy task on paper will, in fact, be the equivalent of a cup final due to the amazing atmosphere.

The goal for the first stage of the tournament is clear: The Swiss want to qualify for the quarterfinals. In the so-called "B group", this means that they will need to win at least two games. On paper, Switzerland is the clear favorite against Korea and Japan, both of which are clearly behind the Swiss women in the world rankings. But the Swiss have also managed to achieve some positive results against Sweden in recent years.

Head coach Daniela Diaz talks about "staying in the moment and taking game after game". After that, anything is possible, according to Diaz. "We want to inspire the audience and play our best ice hockey." The Olympics offer the 23 players, twelve of whom were already in Sochi and know what it feels like to hold a medal, the best platform to advertise the sport they love to a broader audience. All three preliminary round games will be broadcast live on Swiss television.

Captain Livia Altmann also does not deny that there is also some pressure on the team. "The starting point in PyeongChang is different from four years ago in Sochi, we have to qualify first in the "B-Group" for the quarterfinals. We have a great team and I'm convinced that we can handle the external pressure well." She, too, talks about "taking step by step, focusing on the essentials and not looking too far ahead."

The games of the Swiss Women's national team on SRF

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 1 pm: Switzerland - Korea, SRF INFO
Monday, 12th February 2018, 8:40 am: Switzerland - Japan, SRF2
Wednesday, 14th February 2018, 4 am: Sweden - Switzerland SRF2 / SRF INFO

Last Update: 08 February 2018, 04:25 PM | dmo/mso

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