Sochi 2014: Brothers & sisters in arms – FOUR sets of Swiss siblings hit slopes

Sochi 2014: Meet Switzerland's four sets of siblings - the Colognas, Schochs, Caviezels and Gasparins, all in action on day 12

By Stuart Clarke
Three of a kind: Gasparin sisters Photo: @onbiathlon/Twitter

The Swiss kept it in the family on day 12 as four sets of siblings took to the mountains looking to add to their country’s eight medals so far in the Games.

The Colognas, Schochs, Caviezels and Gasparins, however, were not able to boost that tally on the day that sibling rivalries were put to one side.

Dario Cologna, who has won two gold medals already in the cross-country skiing, teamed up with his brother Gianluca in the team sprint classic at the Laura cross-country course.

Together the Colognas failed to reach the heights that Dario reached in the individual competition, coming in fifth out of the nine starting teams, behind Finland, Russia, Sweden and Norway.

Philipp and Simon Schoch could not make a serious impression on the men’s snowboard parallel giant slalom (PGS), exiting in the second round and quarter-final respectively.

The brothers are set to retire after the Games after impressive PGS careers, with Philipp winning the sport’s inaugural gold in Salt Lake City in 2002, repeating the feat four years later in Turin.

Simon, the slightly older brother, won silver to Philipp in Turin but could not overcome eventual gold medal winner Russian Vic Wild in the quarter-final.

It was tough to separate the Caviezel brothers in the alpine giant slalom, as 25-year-old Mauro finished 28th, while 21-year-old brother Gino came in two places later in 30th, separated by only half a second.

Meanwhile, sisters Selina and Elisa Gasparin joined forces with Benjamin Weger and Simon Hallenbarter in the biathlon mixed relay but could only manage a thirteenth place finish in an event dominated by Norway, Czech Republic and Switzerland’s neighbours Italy.

The other Gasparin sister, 20-year-old Aita, finished 62nd in women’s 15km individual biathlon earlier in the Games.

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