SOCHI, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Olympic biathlon champion Ole Einar Bjoerndalen and women's ice hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser of Canada on Thursday were elected on Thursday to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) athletes' commission.
Bjorndalen won two golds at Sochi 2014 to take his tally to a record 13 Olympic medals in biathlon during his career and make him the most decorated Winter Games champion ever. Bjorndalen has a chance to win another gold in the men's relay on Saturday.
Wickenheiser, rated one of the world's greatest women ice hockey players, has represented Canada four times at the Winter Olympics, winning three gold and a silver. She will play against the United States in the gold medal match on Thursday night.
Just over 80 percent of 2871 eligible athletes cast their votes at the Olympic villages, electing Bjordalen with 1087 votes and Wickenheiser with 759 votes.
The IOC said that the turnout set a new Olympic record.
"As one of the founding members of the IOC athletes' commission, I appreciate the high participation in the vote," said IOC president Thomas Bach.
"It shows the value that athletes place on being part of the decision-making process and helping to shape the future of the Olympic movement."