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]

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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 Jaromír Jágr. 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

The Czech Republic flag being carried by Jaromir Jagr. 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony - Czech Republic entering cropped.jpg
The Czech Republic flag being carried by Jaromír Jágr.
The Finnish flag being carried by Ville Peltonen. 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony - Finland entering.jpg
The Finnish flag being carried by Ville Peltonen.
The Georgian flag being carried by Iason Abramashvili. In this picture the flag has a black ribbon. 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony - Georgia entering cropped.jpg
The Georgian flag being carried by Iason Abramashvili. In this picture the flag has a black ribbon.
The German flag being carried by Andre Lange. 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony - Germany entering cropped.jpg
The German flag being carried by André Lange.
The British flag being carried by Shelley Rudman. 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony - Great Britain entering cropped.jpg
The British flag being carried by Shelley Rudman.
The Russian flag being carried by Aleksey Morozov. 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony - Russia entering cropped.jpg
The Russian flag being carried by Aleksey Morozov.
The Slovenian flag being carried by Tina Maze. Slovenia at 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony.jpg
The Slovenian flag being carried by Tina Maze.
The Swedish flag being carried by Peter Forsberg. 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony - Sweden entering cropped.jpg
The Swedish flag being carried by Peter Forsberg.
The Canadian flag being carried by Clara Hughes. Clara Hughes with Canadian flag.jpg
The Canadian flag being carried by Clara Hughes.
OrderNationFlag bearerSport
1Flag of Greece.svg  Greece  (GRE) Athanassios Tsakiris [5] Biathlon
2Flag of Albania.svg  Albania  (ALB) Erjon Tola Alpine skiing
3Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria  (ALG) Mehdi-Selim Khelifi Cross-country skiing
4Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra  (AND) Lluis Marin Tarroch [6] Snowboarding
5Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina  (ARG) Cristian Javier Simari Birkner [7] Alpine skiing
6Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia  (ARM) Arsen Nersisyan [8] Alpine skiing
7Flag of Australia.svg  Australia  (AUS) Torah Bright [9] Snowboarding
8Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT) Andreas Linger & Wolfgang Linger Luge
9Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan  (AZE)Fuad Guliyev (Fuad Quliyev) [10] Skating official
10Flag of Belarus (1995-2012).svg  Belarus  (BLR) Oleg Antonenko [11] Ice hockey
11Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium  (BEL) Kevin van der Perren [12] Figure skating
12Flag of Bermuda.svg  Bermuda  (BER) Tucker Murphy [13] Cross-country skiing
13Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina  (BIH) Žana Novaković [14] Alpine skiing
14Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil  (BRA) Isabel Clark Ribeiro Snowboarding
15Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria  (BUL) Aleksandra Zhekova [15] Snowboarding
16Flag of the Cayman Islands.svg  Cayman Islands  (CAY) Dow Travers Alpine skiing
17Flag of Chile.svg  Chile  (CHI) Jorge Mandrú Alpine skiing
18Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN) Han Xiaopeng Freestyle skiing
19Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia  (COL) Cynthia Denzler Alpine skiing
20Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia  (CRO) Jakov Fak Biathlon
21Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus  (CYP) Christopher Papamichalopoulos Alpine skiing
22Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic  (CZE) Jaromír Jágr [11] Ice hockey
23Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea  (PRK) Ri Song-Chol Figure skating
24Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark  (DEN) Sophie Fjellvang-Sølling Freestyle skiing
25Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia  (EST) Roland Lessing [16] Biathlon
26Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia  (ETH) Robel Teklemariam Cross-country skiing
27Flag of Finland.svg  Finland  (FIN) Ville Peltonen [17] Ice hockey
28Flag of Macedonia.svg  Macedonia  (MKD) Antonio Ristevski [18] Alpine skiing
29Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA) Vincent Defrasne [19] Biathlon
30Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia  (GEO) Iason Abramashvili Alpine skiing
31Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER) André Lange [20] Bobsleigh
32Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana  (GHA) Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong Alpine skiing
33Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR) Shelley Rudman [21] Skeleton
34Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong  (HKG) Han Yue Shueng Short track speed skating
35Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary  (HUN) Júlia Sebestyén [22] Figure skating
36Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland  (ISL) Björgvin Björgvinsson Alpine skiing
37Flag of India.svg  India  (IND) Shiva Keshavan [23] Luge
38Flag of Iran.svg  Iran  (IRI) Marjan Kalhor Alpine skiing
39Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland  (IRL) Aoife Hoey [24] Bobsleigh
40Flag of Israel.svg  Israel  (ISR) Alexandra Zaretsky [25] Figure skating
41Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA) Giorgio Di Centa [26] Cross-country skiing
42Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica  (JAM) Errol Kerr Freestyle skiing
43Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN) Tomomi Okazaki [27] Speed skating
44Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan  (KAZ) Dias Keneshev [28] Biathlon
45Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg  South Korea  (KOR) Kang Kwang-Bae Bobsleigh
46Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan  (KGZ) Dmitry Trelevski Alpine skiing
47Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia  (LAT) Martins Dukurs [29] Skeleton
48Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon  (LIB) Chirine Njeim [30] Alpine skiing
49Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein  (LIE) Richard Wunder [31] Bobsleigh
50Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania  (LTU) Irina Terentjeva Cross-country skiing
51Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico  (MEX) Hubertus von Hohenlohe Alpine skiing
52Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova  (MDA) Victor Pinzaru [32] Biathlon
53Flag of Monaco.svg  Monaco  (MON) Alexandra Coletti Alpine skiing
54Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia  (MGL) Erdene-Ochir Ochirsuren Cross-country skiing
55Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro  (MNE) Bojan Kosić Alpine skiing
56Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco  (MAR) Samir Azzimani Alpine skiing
57Flag of Nepal.svg  Nepal  (NEP) Dachhiri Sherpa Cross-country skiing
58Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands  (NED) Timothy Beck [33] Bobsleigh
59Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand  (NZL) Juliane Bray [34] Snowboarding
60Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR) Tommy Jakobsen [35] Ice hockey
61Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan  (PAK) Muhammad Abbas Alpine skiing
62Flag of Peru.svg  Peru  (PER) Roberto Carcelén [36] Cross-country skiing
63Flag of Poland.svg  Poland  (POL) Konrad Niedźwiedzki [37] Speed skating
64Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal  (POR) Danny Silva Cross-country skiing
65Flag of Romania.svg  Romania  (ROU) Éva Tófalvi Biathlon
66Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS) Aleksey Morozov [38] Ice hockey
67Flag of San Marino (before 2011).svg  San Marino  (SMR) Marino Cardelli [39] Alpine skiing
68Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal  (SEN) Leyti Seck Alpine skiing
69Flag of Serbia (2004-2010).svg  Serbia  (SRB) Jelena Lolović [40] Alpine skiing
70Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia  (SVK) Žigmund Pálffy [11] Ice hockey
71Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia  (SLO) Tina Maze Alpine skiing
72Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa  (RSA) Oliver Kraas Cross-country skiing
73Flag of Spain.svg  Spain  (ESP) Queralt Castellet Snowboarding
74Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE) Peter Forsberg Ice hockey
75Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland  (SUI) Stéphane Lambiel [41] Figure skating
76Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei  (TPE) Ma Chih-hung Luge
77Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan  (TJK) Alisher Kudratov Alpine skiing*
78Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey  (TUR) Kelime Aydın [42] Cross-country skiing
79Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine  (UKR) Liliya Ludan [43] Luge
80Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA) Mark Grimmette [44] Luge
81Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan  (UZB) Oleg Shamaev Alpine skiing
82Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada  (CAN) Clara Hughes [45] Speed skating

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