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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.
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. It was erroneously pointed out by a Canadian TV commentator that [2 ] 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. In this picture the flag has a
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.
Tsakiris, Athanassios Athanassios Tsakiris [5 ]
Tola, Erjon Erjon Tola
Khelifi, Mehdi-Selim Mehdi-Selim Khelifi
Tarroch, Lluis Marin Lluis Marin Tarroch [6 ]
Simari Birkner, Cristian Javier Cristian Javier Simari Birkner [7 ]
Nersisyan, Arsen Arsen Nersisyan [8 ]
Bright, Torah Torah Bright [9 ]
Linger, Andreas & Andreas Linger Wolfgang Linger
Guliyev (Fuad Quliyev), Fuad Fuad Guliyev (Fuad Quliyev) [10 ] Skating official
Antonenko, Oleg Oleg Antonenko [11 ]
van der Perren, Kevin Kevin van der Perren [12 ]
Murphy, Tucker Tucker Murphy [13 ]
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH)
Novaković, Žana Žana Novaković [14 ]
Clark Ribeiro, Isabel Isabel Clark Ribeiro
Zhekova, Aleksandra Aleksandra Zhekova [15 ]
Cayman Islands (CAY)
Travers, Dow Dow Travers
Mandrú, Jorge Jorge Mandrú
People's Republic of China (CHN)
Denzler, Cynthia Cynthia Denzler
Fak, Jakov Jakov Fak
Papamichalopoulos, Christopher Christopher Papamichalopoulos
Czech Republic (CZE)
Jágr, Jaromír Jaromír Jágr [11 ]
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (PRK)
Fjellvang-Sølling, Sophie Sophie Fjellvang-Sølling
Lessing, Roland Roland Lessing [16 ]
Teklemariam, Robel Robel Teklemariam
Peltonen, Ville Ville Peltonen [17 ]
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (MKD)
Ristevski, Antonio Antonio Ristevski [18 ]
Defrasne, Vincent Vincent Defrasne [19 ]
Abramashvili, Iason Iason Abramashvili
Lange, André André Lange [20 ]
Nkrumah-Acheampong, Kwame Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong
Great Britain (GBR)
Rudman, Shelley Shelley Rudman [21 ]
Hong Kong, China (HKG)
Han Yue Shueng
Short track speed skating
Sebestyén, Júlia Júlia Sebestyén [22 ]
Björgvinsson, Björgvin Björgvin Björgvinsson
Keshavan, Shiva Shiva Keshavan [23 ]
Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI)
Kalhor, Marjan Marjan Kalhor
Hoey, Aoife Aoife Hoey [24 ]
Zaretsky, Alexandra Alexandra Zaretsky [25 ]
Di Centa, Giorgio Giorgio Di Centa [26 ]
Kerr, Errol Errol Kerr
Okazaki, Tomomi Tomomi Okazaki [27 ]
Keneshev, Dias Dias Keneshev [28 ]
Republic of Korea (KOR)
Trelevski, Dmitry Dmitry Trelevski
Dukurs, Martins Martins Dukurs [29 ]
Njeim, Chirine Chirine Njeim [30 ]
Wunder, Richard Richard Wunder [31 ]
Terentjeva, Irina Irina Terentjeva
Hohenlohe, Hubertus von Hubertus von Hohenlohe
Pinzaru, Victor Victor Pinzaru [32 ]
Coletti, Alexandra Alexandra Coletti
Ochirsuren, Erdene-Ochir Erdene-Ochir Ochirsuren
Kosić, Bojan Bojan Kosić
Azzimani, Samir Samir Azzimani
Sherpa, Dachhiri Dachhiri Sherpa
Beck, Timothy Timothy Beck [33 ]
New Zealand (NZL)
Bray, Juliane Juliane Bray [34 ]
Jakobsen, Tommy Tommy Jakobsen [35 ]
Abbas, Muhammad Muhammad Abbas
Carcelén, Roberto Roberto Carcelén [36 ]
Niedźwiedzki, Konrad Konrad Niedźwiedzki [37 ]
Silva, Danny Danny Silva
Tófalvi, Éva Éva Tófalvi
Russian Federation (RUS)
Morozov, Aleksey Aleksey Morozov [38 ]
San Marino (SMR)
Cardelli, Marino Marino Cardelli [39 ]
Seck, Leyti Leyti Seck
Lolović, Jelena Jelena Lolović [40 ]
Pálffy, Žigmund Žigmund Pálffy [11 ]
Maze, Tina Tina Maze
South Africa (RSA)
Kraas, Oliver Oliver Kraas
Castellet, Queralt Queralt Castellet
Forsberg, Peter Peter Forsberg
Lambiel, Stéphane Stéphane Lambiel [41 ]
Chinese Taipei (TPE)
Kudratov, Alisher Alisher Kudratov
Aydın, Kelime Kelime Aydın [42 ]
Ludan, Liliya Liliya Ludan [43 ]
United States of America (USA)
Grimmette, Mark Mark Grimmette [44 ]
Shamaev, Oleg Oleg Shamaev
Hughes, Clara Clara Hughes [45 ]
Kudratov carried the flag even though he wasn't scheduled to compete.
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