Two snowboarders announced as flag bearers
Slopestyle medal favourite Enni Rukajarvi (FIN) and two-time Snowboard Cross World Champion Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin received the honoured position as flag bearer for their teams at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
When the XXII Olympic Winter Games celebrate their official opening ceremony tonight more than seven billions are expected to follow the start of the Sochi Games live.
One of the main parts of the show, besides the Olympic Flame Lightning, is the marching in of the participating nations.
Competitors and officials from 88 countries will walk in the Olympic Stadium led by each respective flag bearer.
Part of them are at least two snowboarders.
Following up Greece, which will be traditionally the first nation to march in, the others come after in alphabetically order.
As a result, Australia, a team of 60 athletes, will be number #2 to march in led by reigning FIS Snowboard World Champion Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin.
The 26-year-old from Sidney follows in the steps of 2010 Olympic Halfpipe Champion Torah Bright who was the flag bearer in 2010.
Asked if he hoped it was an omen, he said: “I hope so. I’d love to keep the tradition alive.“
However, the boarder crosser who won four of his 49 World Cup starts so far is pumped of his role as the tweet of the Australian Olympic Team indicates:
— AUS Olympic Team (@AUSOlympicTeam) February 6, 2014
Enni Rukajarvi is the second snowboarder who has been announced as flag bearer for the 2014 Opening ceremony so far.
The 2011 FIS Snowboard Slopestyle World Champion follows hockey player Ville Peltonen who led the Finnish team four years ago.
“Of course, this is a great honour,” the 23-year-old, who already secured her spot in the slopestyle finals (Feb 9) in yesterday's qualifiers, is quoted.
Here is the full list of flag bearers.