Tina Weirather – Liechtenstein – Alpine Skiing

Weirather of Liechtenstein reacts after first run of Women's World Cup Giant Slalom skiing race in Val d'Isere

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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.

Personal

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.

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Athletic accomplishments

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.

Video

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI7PK0SD7zg

If you want to hear her, here she is giving an English interview a couple of months ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ_gz8B1PnM

Or if you want to see her actually skiing, here she is coming in 2nd in the downhill last week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xtYOsf9tYs

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Tina Weirather for Skins, Fitnesstower Chur

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Alpine Skiing: FIS World Cup-Women's Super G

Tina Weirather for Skins, Fitnesstower Chur

Weirather of Liechtenstein reacts after first run of Women's World Cup Giant Slalom skiing race in Val d'Isere

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Alpine Skiing World Cup in St. Moritz



After looking at all of these images, I suppose the only unanswered question would be “Will she be blond or brunette for the Olympics?”

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