Even though NBC won’t be carrying the opening ceremonies, Oglympic tradition says I should highlight at least one flag bearer (Maria Sharapova got the call for the 2012 Summer Games). For these games, it’s Tina Weirather.
Tina is a 25 year old Alpine skier from Lichtenstein. Her mother, Hanni Wetzel, was a two time Olympic gold medal winner capturing the slalom and giant slalon at Lake Placid in 1980. Her father, Harti, was a downhill world champion for Austria. She will be the flag bearer for the Lichenstein Olympic team.
Tina is skiing her best ever, having captured two championships already this season, winning the Super G in St Moritz in early December then following that up a week later with another title in the Giant Slalom in Val-d’Isère, France. She had a second (downhill) and a third (Super G) in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy last week. She’s currently ranked 2nd in the world in the downhill, 2nd in the Super-G, and 3rd in the Giant Slalom, so look for her to contend often. The Super Combined looks to be the only event where she won’t be a medal threat.
Who cares if I can’t understand a word that she’s saying in this interview given a few weeks ago, we can still ogle the video.
If you want to hear her, here she is giving an English interview a couple of months ago.
Or if you want to see her actually skiing, here she is coming in 2nd in the downhill last week.
After looking at all of these images, I suppose the only unanswered question would be “Will she be blond or brunette for the Olympics?”