Sochii Flag Bearers

Just in case you were watching the opening ceremonies last night and there was a flag bearer who caught your eye, I have more detail here.

Panagiota Tsakiris – Greece – Cross Country Skiing

Panagiota is a 23 year old three time Olympian cross-country skier from Greece. Her best finish was 66th in the 2006 cross country sprint. She also competes regularly in biathlon but not in these games.

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Bernadett Heidum – Hungary – Short Track

Bernadett is a 25 year old two time Olympian from Budapest. She won a silver medal in the European championships in Dresden last month in the 1500m.

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Maria Höfl-Riesch – Germany – Alpine Skiing

Maria is a two time Olympian who won gold medals in both slalom and super-combined in Vancouver. She will be a contender again this year. She’s also not a newcomer Oglympian, having already appeared in our Lange girls post.

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Tina Weirather – Liechtenstein – Alpine Skiing

Another repeat Oglympian, we highlighted Tina in our post kicking off the 2014 games.

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Jorien ter Mors – Netherlands – Short Track

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Mathilde Petitjean – Toga – Cross Country Skiing

Mathilde is a 19 year old, who was born in Niger to a Toga mother, but raised in France where she learned to ski. This will be her first Olympics and she is her nation’s sole entry. She is a bit of a story at the games because the Togalese National Ski Fedeation tracked her down and invited her to ski for Toga via Facebook.

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Kseniya Grigoreva – Uzbekistan – Alpine Skiing

Kseniya is a 26 alpine skier from Uzbekistan who will be competing in the giant slolam. Sochi will be her first Olympics.

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Sarka Strachova – Czech Republic – Alpine Skiing

Sarka is a alpine skier for the Czech Republic who will be celebrating her 29th birthday in Sochi on Tuesday Feb 11th. She is a three time Olympian whose best finish was a bronze medal in slalom in Vancouver in 2010.

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For many of these women, carrying the flag of their nation will be their moment of glory in these games, so I thought I’d add a brief recap of those that caught my eye.


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