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Janka picked in biggest Switzerland team for Winter Olympics

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BERN, Switzerland -- Carlo Janka has been named in Switzerland's biggest ever Winter Olympic team despite not starting a World Cup ski race since tearing the ACL in his right knee in October.

The 31-year-old Janka opted against surgery to give him a chance of competing at next month's Pyeongchang Games.

The Swiss Olympic committee announced a 171-athlete team - eight more than for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Team manager Ralph Stoeckli says its target is 11 medals, which would match Switzerland's tally in Sochi. Of those 11 medals four years ago, six were gold.

Janka took gold in giant slalom at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. He also won on the new Olympic course in 2016, when a World Cup super-G was held as a test event.

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