Shaline Ruegger is set to participate in both figure skating and short-track speed skating ©Getty Images

Swiss athlete Shaline Rüegger is set to compete in both figure skating and short-track speed skating competitions at the International University Sports Federation Winter World University Games here.

Rüegger has been named as part of a 55-strong Swiss team for Lake Placid 2023 where she will be training and competing in two events.

The 23-year-old was one of three figure skaters to be selected for the Games before being chosen to participate in the short-track speed skating competition.

Simone Righenzi, head of competitive sports at the Swiss University Sports, said Rüegger was a key component in the squad.

"Swiss University Sports supports the project of Swiss Ice Skating and OYM in Cham to develop the sport of short track in Switzerland," said Righenzi.

"Shaline is part of this project.

"She will be in Lake Placid to end her career as a figure skater while laying the foundation for her future as a short track athlete."

A bulk of Switzerland’s team will compete in Alpine skiing as they eye success on the slopes in Lake Placid, while athletes will also represent the country in biathlon, cross-country skiing, ski cross, snowboard freestyle, snowboard cross, short-track speed skating and speed skating, figure skating and curling.

"With our delegations we want to achieve two things," said Righenzi.

"On the one hand, we want all athletes to have a desire for a dual career of top-class sport and studies.

"On the other hand we want to support the professional associations in promoting their athletes.

"Participation at the World University Games is an opportunity to gain important and unique experiences for the future."