2010 Winter Olympics national flag bearers

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During the Parade of Nations at the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, held beginning at 6:00 PM PST on February 12, 2010, 82 athletes bearing the flags of their respective nations led their national delegations as they paraded into BC Place Stadium in the host city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[1]

Athletes entered the stadium in an order dictated by tradition. As the originator of the Olympics, Greece entered first. Canadian delegates entered last, representing the host nation. The names of the nations were announced first in French and followed by English, the official languages of the Olympics, which also happened to be the official languages of the host nation. The nations entered in alphabetic order of their country names in English because it is the more dominant of the two languages in Vancouver and in the province of British Columbia.

Delegations from North Korea and South Korea marched in separate delegations, unlike in the 2006 Winter Olympics when they marched together.[2]

Of the flag-bearers who led their respective delegations, all but one were athletes, the exception being Fuad Guliyev, a skating official from Azerbaijan. The sport which was most represented among the flag-bearers was alpine skiing, as alpine skiers led 26 delegations. Only one delegation was led by a short track speed skater, Hong Kong, led by Han Yue Shueng.[1] Marjan Kalhor, an alpine skier and the flag-bearer for Iran, was both the first female flag bearer from her country and the first female athlete from her country to participate in the Winter Olympics.[2] It was erroneously pointed out by a Canadian TV commentator that Tomomi Okazaki was the first female flag bearer for Japan. This title goes to Seiko Hashimoto in Calgary 1988. Other prominent flag bearers included Canadian speed skater and five-time Olympian Clara Hughes, American luger Mark Grimmette, who had helped carry the American flag during the 2002 Winter Olympics, and Czech hockey player Jaromir Jagr. Hughes is the only Olympian ever to win multiple medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympics.[3]

Iason Abramashvili, flag bearer for Georgia, along with the other members of his delegation, wore black armbands during the march and received a standing ovation in memory of Nodar Kumaritashvili, a Georgian luger who was killed in an accident during a training run earlier in the day.[4]

Parade of Nations[edit]

The Czech Republic flag being carried by Jaromir Jagr.
The Finnish flag being carried by Ville Peltonen.
The Georgian flag being carried by Iason Abramashvili.
The German flag being carried by André Lange.
The British flag being carried by Shelley Rudman.
The Russian flag being carried by Aleksey Morozov.
The Slovenian flag being carried by Tina Maze.
The Swedish flag being carried by Peter Forsberg.
The Canadian flag being carried by Clara Hughes.
Order Nation Flag bearer Sport
1  Greece (GRE) Tsakiris, AthanassiosAthanassios Tsakiris[5] Biathlon
2  Albania (ALB) Tola, ErjonErjon Tola Alpine skiing
3  Algeria (ALG) Khelifi, Mehdi-SelimMehdi-Selim Khelifi Cross-country skiing
4  Andorra (AND) Tarroch, Lluis MarinLluis Marin Tarroch[6] Snowboarding
5  Argentina (ARG) Simari Birkner, Cristian JavierCristian Javier Simari Birkner[7] Alpine skiing
6  Armenia (ARM) Nersisyan, ArsenArsen Nersisyan[8] Alpine skiing
7  Australia (AUS) Bright, TorahTorah Bright[9] Snowboarding
8  Austria (AUT) Linger, AndreasAndreas Linger & Wolfgang Linger Luge
9  Azerbaijan (AZE) Guliyev (Fuad Quliyev), FuadFuad Guliyev (Fuad Quliyev)[10] Skating official
10  Belarus (BLR) Antonenko, OlegOleg Antonenko[11] Ice hockey
11  Belgium (BEL) van der Perren, KevinKevin van der Perren[12] Figure skating
12  Bermuda (BER) Murphy, TuckerTucker Murphy[13] Cross-country skiing
13  Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) Novaković, ŽanaŽana Novaković[14] Alpine skiing
14  Brazil (BRA) Clark Ribeiro, IsabelIsabel Clark Ribeiro Snowboarding
15  Bulgaria (BUL) Zhekova, AleksandraAleksandra Zhekova[15] Snowboarding
16  Cayman Islands (CAY) Travers, DowDow Travers Alpine skiing
17  Chile (CHI) Mandrú, JorgeJorge Mandrú Alpine skiing
18  China (CHN) Han Xiaopeng Freestyle skiing
19  Colombia (COL) Denzler, CynthiaCynthia Denzler Alpine skiing
20  Croatia (CRO) Fak, JakovJakov Fak Biathlon
21  Cyprus (CYP) Papamichalopoulos, ChristopherChristopher Papamichalopoulos Alpine skiing
22  Czech Republic (CZE) Jágr, JaromírJaromír Jágr[11] Ice hockey
23  North Korea (PRK) (Dem. People's Rep. of Korea) Ri Song-Chol Figure skating
24  Denmark (DEN) Fjellvang-Sølling, SophieSophie Fjellvang-Sølling Freestyle skiing
25  Estonia (EST) Lessing, RolandRoland Lessing[16] Biathlon
26  Ethiopia (ETH) Teklemariam, RobelRobel Teklemariam Cross-country skiing
27  Finland (FIN) Peltonen, VilleVille Peltonen[17] Ice hockey
28  Macedonia (MKD) (Former Yugoslav Rep. of Macedonia) Ristevski, AntonioAntonio Ristevski[18] Alpine skiing
29  France (FRA) Defrasne, VincentVincent Defrasne[19] Biathlon
30  Georgia (GEO) Abramashvili, IasonIason Abramashvili Alpine skiing
31  Germany (GER) Lange, AndréAndré Lange[20] Bobsleigh
32  Ghana (GHA) Nkrumah-Acheampong, KwameKwame Nkrumah-Acheampong Alpine skiing
33  Great Britain (GBR) Rudman, ShelleyShelley Rudman[21] Skeleton
34  Hong Kong (HKG) Han Yue Shueng Short track speed skating
35  Hungary (HUN) Sebestyén, JúliaJúlia Sebestyén[22] Figure skating
36  Iceland (ISL) Björgvinsson, BjörgvinBjörgvin Björgvinsson Alpine skiing
37  India (IND) Keshavan, ShivaShiva Keshavan[23] Luge
38  Iran (IRI) (Islamic Rep. of Iran) Kalhor, MarjanMarjan Kalhor Alpine skiing
39  Ireland (IRL) Hoey, AoifeAoife Hoey[24] Bobsleigh
40  Israel (ISR) Zaretsky, AlexandraAlexandra Zaretsky[25] Figure skating
41  Italy (ITA) Di Centa, GiorgioGiorgio Di Centa[26] Cross-country skiing
42  Jamaica (JAM) Kerr, ErrolErrol Kerr Freestyle skiing
43  Japan (JPN) Okazaki, TomomiTomomi Okazaki[27] Speed skating
44  Kazakhstan (KAZ) Keneshev, DiasDias Keneshev[28] Biathlon
45  South Korea (KOR) (Rep. of Korea) Kang Kwang-Bae Bobsleigh
46  Kyrgyzstan (KGZ) Trelevski, DmitryDmitry Trelevski Alpine skiing
47  Latvia (LAT) Dukurs, MartinsMartins Dukurs[29] Skeleton
48  Lebanon (LIB) Njeim, ChirineChirine Njeim[30] Alpine skiing
49  Liechtenstein (LIE) Wunder, RichardRichard Wunder[31] Bobsleigh
50  Lithuania (LTU) Terentjeva, IrinaIrina Terentjeva Cross-country skiing
51  Mexico (MEX) Hohenlohe, Hubertus vonHubertus von Hohenlohe Alpine skiing
52  Moldova (MDA) Pinzaru, VictorVictor Pinzaru[32] Biathlon
53  Monaco (MON) Coletti, AlexandraAlexandra Coletti Alpine skiing
54  Mongolia (MGL) Ochirsuren, Erdene-OchirErdene-Ochir Ochirsuren Cross-country skiing
55  Montenegro (MNE) Kosić, BojanBojan Kosić Alpine skiing
56  Morocco (MAR) Azzimani, SamirSamir Azzimani Alpine skiing
57  Nepal (NEP) Sherpa, DachhiriDachhiri Sherpa Cross-country skiing
58  Netherlands (NED) Beck, TimothyTimothy Beck[33] Bobsleigh
59  New Zealand (NZL) Bray, JulianeJuliane Bray[34] Snowboarding
60  Norway (NOR) Jakobsen, TommyTommy Jakobsen[35] Ice hockey
61  Pakistan (PAK) Abbas, MuhammadMuhammad Abbas Alpine skiing
62  Peru (PER) Carcelén, RobertoRoberto Carcelén[36] Cross-country skiing
63  Poland (POL) Niedźwiedzki, KonradKonrad Niedźwiedzki[37] Speed skating
64  Portugal (POR) Silva, DannyDanny Silva Cross-country skiing
65  Romania (ROU) Tófalvi, ÉvaÉva Tófalvi Biathlon
66  Russia (RUS) (Russian Federation) Morozov, AlekseyAleksey Morozov[38] Ice hockey
67  San Marino (SMR) Cardelli, MarinoMarino Cardelli[39] Alpine skiing
68  Senegal (SEN) Seck, LeytiLeyti Seck Alpine skiing
69  Serbia (SRB) Lolović, JelenaJelena Lolović[40] Alpine skiing
70  Slovakia (SVK) Pálffy, ŽigmundŽigmund Pálffy[11] Ice hockey
71  Slovenia (SLO) Maze, TinaTina Maze Alpine skiing
72  South Africa (RSA) Kraas, OliverOliver Kraas Cross-country skiing
73  Spain (ESP) Castellet, QueraltQueralt Castellet Snowboarding
74  Sweden (SWE) Forsberg, PeterPeter Forsberg Ice hockey
75  Switzerland (SUI) Lambiel, StéphaneStéphane Lambiel[41] Figure skating
76  Chinese Taipei (TPE) Ma Chih-hung Luge
77  Tajikistan (TJK) Kudratov, AlisherAlisher Kudratov Alpine skiing*
78  Turkey (TUR) Aydın, KelimeKelime Aydın[42] Cross-country skiing
79  Ukraine (UKR) Ludan, LiliyaLiliya Ludan[43] Luge
80  United States (USA) Grimmette, MarkMark Grimmette[44] Luge
81  Uzbekistan (UZB) Shamaev, OlegOleg Shamaev Alpine skiing
82  Canada (CAN) Hughes, ClaraClara Hughes[45] Speed skating
  • Kudratov carried the flag even though he wasn't scheduled to compete.

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