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.
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.
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.
Tina Weirather – Liechtenstein – Alpine Skiing
Another repeat Oglympian, we highlighted Tina in our post kicking off the 2014 games.
Jorien ter Mors – Netherlands – Short Track
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.
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.
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.
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.