Kelime Çetinkaya

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Çetinkaya bearing the Turkish flag at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics

Kelime Aydın Çetinkaya (born 15 June 1982) is a Turkish cross-country skier. Since 2001 she has competed in four Olympics as part of the Turkish national team, in 2002, 2006 and 2010.


Çetinkaya has competed in international competitions since 2000. In 2001, she competed as part of the Turkish junior team, and as an adult in the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in years 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009. She had two victories in the FIS World Cup races. Çetinkaya's best finish at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships was 41st in the 30 km event at Sapporo in 2007. Her best World Cup finish was 46th in a sprint event in Italy in 2004.


In 2002, Çetinkaya became the first Turkish athlete to take part in the Winter Olympics. Competing in three Winter Olympics, she earned her best finish of 49th in the 30 km event at Turin in the 2006.

She was the flagbearer for Turkey in the 2010 Olympics.


Olympic Games
Preceded by Flagbearer for  Turkey
Vancouver 2010
Succeeded by