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Luxembourg’s Matthieu Osch, Gwyneth Ten Raa in Beijing, China for 2022 Winter Olympics 

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Luxembourg is represented at the 2022 Winter Olympics by Matthieu Osch, 22, and Gwyneth Ten Raa, 16. Hosted by Beijing, China, the international winter multisport event will be held from February 4-20, 2022.

On February 4, 2022, the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics was held at Beijing National Stadium in Beijing. The final seven torchbearers mounted the torch itself into the center of a stylized snowflake that was constructed from placards bearing the names of the delegations competing in the event.

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During the event’s opening ceremony, Osch and Ten Raa served as Luxembourg’s flagbearers. They will both compete in alpine skiing.

Ten Raa’s sister Joyce Ten Raa is also an alpine skier competing in Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS) level races. It was Joyce who helped Gwyneth to become an Olympian.

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Skiing since 2008 and racing since 2011, Gwyneth is the youngest 2022 Winter Olympics athlete and the first ever female athlete to represent Luxembourg in the Winter Olympics. She is currently attending Royal Athenaeum of Bastogne in Bastogne, Belgium and a ski academy in Brig, Switzerland.

Gwyneth is based in Sion, Switzerland while Osch is based in Ettelbruck, Luxembourg. He solely represented Luxembourg at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Gangwon, South Korea where he finished 62nd in men’s giant slalom.

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In July 2015, Beijing was elected as the host city of the 2022 Winter Olympics at the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This marks the first time the Winter Olympics is held in China.

Including Gwyneth and Osch, a total of 2,871 athletes from 91 countries and territories will compete in 109 events in seven sports. The events will be held not only in Beijing but also in other parts of China including Yanqing and Chongli.

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