Curling’s Mixed Doubles competitors were the first Olympians into action in Beijing, starting on Wednesday (2 February) evening, with their competition already reaching its sixth session of round-robin play.
Now Friday (4 February) evening’s official Opening Ceremony opens the door for every other discipline, with four curlers playing the significant role of carrying their national flags on behalf of their team-mates.
- Denmark’s Madeleine Dupont will be making her fourth Olympic appearance, a clear recognition of her service to her national sporting programme. Dupont will share flag-bearer duties with ice hockey player Frans Nielsen.
- Great Britain’s Eve Muirhead is also playing in her fourth Olympic Games, taking bronze in Sochi in2014. She shares flag-bearer duties with Alpine skier Dave Rydin, who is also making a fourth appearance.
- Defending Olympic champion John Shuster has been chosen by the United States to carry the Stars and Stripes, a further example of how his team’s gold medal exploits in PyeongChang raised curling’s profile in the United States. Shuster will be making his fifth Olympic appearance in these Games and will share flag-bearer duties with bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor.
- Norway’s Olympic bronze medallist mixed doubles player, Kristin Skaslien will lead her fellow Norwegian athletes into the Bird’s Nest. She will share flag-bearer duties with Alpine skier Kjetil Jansrud.
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