Winter Olympics 

Introducing Luxembourg’s Olympians

Matthew Osch and Gwyneth Ten Raa are Luxembourg’s Olympic Skiers Photo: Shutterstock

Matthew Osch and Gwyneth Ten Raa are Luxembourg’s Olympic Skiers Photo: Shutterstock

Matthew Osch and Gwyneth Ten Raa are weeks away from representing Luxembourg at the Winter Olympic Games taking place between 4 and 20 February. The two alpine skiers have given the Luxembourg olympic and sporting committee (Cosl) a reason to be excited.

Four years ago in Pyeongchang, Osch (22) was the sole competitor and flag bearer for Luxembourg. This time around, in Beijing, he won’t be alone at the Olympics’ Parade of Nations with youngster Ten Raa (17) also qualifying and showing maturity along the way.

The two athletes will be accompanied and supported by a team of three on the slopes of China. Two coaches and one physiotherapist, who also happens to be Osch’s older brother, himself a former competitive skier.

Osch will be attending his second Olympic games, “for the games in Pyeongchang he was a youngster, since then he has really kicked on and put in some impressive performances, he is keen to show the progress he has made and is really motivated to do well at these games”, the Cosl told Delano.

“Gwyneth is young but we have high hopes for her. She’s done exceptionally well in junior races with some podium places to her name and has surprised everyone. She’s very motivated and has showed maturity, despite her age,” says a Cosl spokesperson.

Ten Raa competes at 3.15AM Luxembourg time on 7 February in the first leg of the giant slalom and again at 6.45AM for the second round. And on 9 February at the same times for the slalom.

Osch will take to the slopes 13 February at 3.15AM and again, like his compatriot at 6.45AM for the giant slalom. And will have three days rest before competing again on 16 February in the slalom.  

The Winter Olympic Games have yet to kick off and they are already one of the most controversial games to date. In December, Delano interviewed a Tibetan activist who was incarcerated for six years in a Chinese prison and is now on a tour across Europe calling for a boycott. This week, Luxembourg's sports minister Georges Engel (LSAP) said he would not be attending the games, although he highlighted that his decision was not politically motivated.

China is accused of repeated human rights abuses, most notably against the Chinese Uyghur community.