Mon, 17 Jan 2022

COPENHAGEN, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Danish Sports Confederation (DIF) announced on Monday the country's first-ever women's ice hockey Olympic team, which will compete at the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.

"We're still reeling from the fact that we're sending two national ice hockey teams, both men's and women's, to the Winter Olympics," said Mikkel Sansone Ohrgaard, chef de mission for the Danish Winter Olympic team.

"Our efforts have paid off, and we look forward to following the two teams in China."

Denmark is competing in the Winter Olympics with its largest delegation ever.

The women's ice hockey team is in a group with Japan, the Czech Republic, Sweden and China, all of whom are vying for three qualification spots to advance to the next round.

"We are a good team with a good mix of experienced and young players, and we have been in a really good period since before corona. It was incredible that we qualified for the Olympics, and the Winter Olympics will be an incredible experience," said team captain Josefine Jakobsen.

"But we are not going to Beijing for a holiday. We're going with the aim of delivering some really good results, and I don't think a quarterfinal place is unrealistic," said Jakobsen in the press release.

Denmark, ranked 11th by the International Hockey Federation (IHF), opens its campaign on February 4 against China, ranked 20th.

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