1998 Winter Olympics national flag bearers

During the Parade of Nations section of the 1998 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, athletes from each country participating in the Olympics paraded in the arena. The flag from each team was borne by a sportsperson from that country chosen either by the National Olympic Committee or by the athletes themselves to represent their country. Unlike the usual practice, the parade of nations was organized according to the English alphabet instead of host nation's language, Japanese. The reasoning behind this is that if Japanese had been used, the teams from political foes China and Chinese Taipei (informally known as Taiwan) would have marched in succession, which neither wanted to do at the time. Greece led the parade, followed by Andorra. Had the parade followed the Japanese characters, Greece would have been followed by Iceland, and Russia would have been the penultimate country before Japan. One sumo wrestler and one yukiko (lit. snow children) which bears a country name sign marched before each delegation. Some of famous sumo wrestlers such as Takanonami and Wakanohana accompanied the teams.[1] The yukikos also took part in several other segments in the ceremony.

Order Nation Japanese Roman transliteration Flag bearer Sport
1  Greece (GRE) ギリシャ Girisha Vasilios Dimitriadis Alpine skiing
2  Andorra (AND) アンドラ Andora Victor Gómez Alpine skiing
3  Argentina (ARG) アルゼンチン Aruzenchin Carola Calello Alpine skiing
4  Armenia (ARM) アルメニア Arumenia Alla Mikayelyan Cross-country skiing
5  Australia (AUS) オーストラリア Ōsutoraria Richard Nizielski Short track speed skating
6  Austria (AUT) オーストリア Ōsutoria Emese Hunyady Speed skating
7  Azerbaijan (AZE) アゼルバイジャン Azerubaijan Yuliya Vorobyova Figure skating
8  Belarus (BLR) ベラルーシ Berarūshi Aleksandr Popov Biathlon
9  Belgium (BEL) ベルギー Berugī Conrad Alleblas Chef de Mission
10  Bermuda (BER) バミューダ Bamyūda John Hoskins Chef de Mission
11  Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) ボスニア・ヘルツェゴビナ Bosunia Herutsuegobina Mario Franjić Bobsleigh
12  Brazil (BRA) ブラジル Burajiru Marcelo Apovian Alpine skiing
13  Bulgaria (BUL) ブルガリア Burugaria Lyubomir Popov Alpine skiing
14  Canada (CAN) カナダ Kanada Jean-Luc Brassard Freestyle skiing
15  Chile (CHI) チリ Chiri Duncan Grob Alpine skiing
16  China (CHN) 中華人民共和国 Chūka Jinmin Kyōwakoku Zhao Hongbo Figure skating
17  Croatia (CRO) クロアチア Kuroachia Janica Kostelić Alpine skiing
18  Cyprus (CYP) キプロス Kipurosu Andreas Vasili Alpine skiing
19  Czech Republic (CZE) チェコ Cheko Lubomír Buchta Cross-country skiing
20  Denmark (DEN) デンマーク Denmāku Helena Blach Lavrsen Curling
21  Estonia (EST) エストニア Esutonia Kalju Ojaste Biathlon
22  Finland (FIN) フィンランド Finrando Janne Ahonen Ski jumping
23  Macedonia (MKD) マケドニア旧ユーゴスラビア共和国 Makedonia Kyū Yūgosurabia Kyōwakoku Gjoko Dineski Cross-country skiing
24  France (FRA) フランス Furansu Philippe Candeloro Figure skating
25  Georgia (GEO) グルジア Gurujia Sofia Akhmeteli Alpine skiing
26  Germany (GER) ドイツ Doitsu Jochen Behle Cross-country skiing
27  Great Britain (GBR) イギリス Igirisu Mike Dixon Biathlon
28  Hungary (HUN) ハンガリー Hangarī Krisztina Egyed Speed skating
29  Iceland (ISL) アイスランド Aisurando Theódóra Mathiesen Alpine skiing
30  India (IND) インド Indo Shiva Keshavan Luge
31  Iran (IRI) イラン Iran Hassan Shemshaki Alpine skiing
32  Ireland (IRL) アイルランド Airurando Terry McHugh Bobsleigh
33  Israel (ISR) イスラエル Isuraeru Michael Shmerkin Figure skating
34  Italy (ITA) イタリア Itaria Gerda Weissensteiner Luge
35  Jamaica (JAM) ジャマイカ Jamaika Ricky McIntosh Bobsleigh
36  Kazakhstan (KAZ) カザフスタン Kazafusutan Vladimir Smirnov Cross-country skiing
37  Kenya (KEN) ケニア Kenia Philip Boit Cross-country skiing
38  South Korea (KOR) 大韓民国 Daikanminkoku Hur Seung-Wook Alpine skiing
39  Kyrgyzstan (KGZ) キルギス Kirugisu Aleksandr Tropnikov Biathlon
40  Latvia (LAT) ラトビア Ratobia Sandis Prūsis Bobsleigh
41  Liechtenstein (LIE) リヒテンシュタイン Rihitenshutain Tamara Schädler Alpine skiing
42  Lithuania (LTU) リトアニア Ritoania Povilas Vanagas Figure skating
43  Luxembourg (LUX) ルクセンブルク Rukusenburuku Patrick Schmit Figure skating
44  Moldova (MDA) モルドバ Morudoba Ion Bucsa Biathlon
45  Monaco (MON) モナコ Monako Gilbert Bessi Bobsleigh
46  Mongolia (MGL) モンゴル Mongoru Boldyn Sansarbileg Short track speed skating
47  Netherlands (NED) オランダ Oranda Carla Zijlstra Speed skating
48  New Zealand (NZL) ニュージーランド Nyūjīrando Peter Henry Bobsleigh
49  Norway (NOR) ノルウェー Noruwē Espen Bredesen Ski jumping
50  North Korea (PRK) 朝鮮民主主義人民共和国 Chōsen Minshushugi Jinminkyōwakoku Yun Chol Short track speed skating
51  Poland (POL) ポーランド Pōrando Jan Ziemianin Biathlon
52  Portugal (POR) ポルトガル Porutogaru Mafalda Pereira Freestyle skiing
53  Puerto Rico (PUR) プエルトリコ Puertoriko José Ferrer Bobsleigh
54  Romania (ROU) ルーマニア Rūmania Mihaela Dascălu Speed skating
55  Russia (RUS) ロシア Roshia Aleksey Prokurorov Cross-country skiing
56  Slovakia (SVK) スロバキア Surobakia Ivan Bátory Cross-country skiing
57  Slovenia (SLO) スロベニア Surobenia Primož Peterka Ski jumping
58  South Africa (RSA) 南アフリカ Minami Afurika Shirene Human Figure skating
59  Spain (ESP) スペイン Supein Juan Jesús Gutiérrez Cross-country skiing
60  Sweden (SWE) スウェーデン Suwēden Torgny Mogren Cross-country skiing
61  Switzerland (SUI) スイス Suisu Guido Acklin Bobsleigh
62  Chinese Taipei (TPE) チャイニーズ・タイペイ Chainīzu Taipei Sun Kuang-Ming Bobsleigh
63  Trinidad and Tobago (TRI) トリニダード・トバゴ Torinidādo Tobago Curtis Harry Bobsleigh
64  Turkey (TUR) トルコ Toruko Arif Alaftargil Alpine skiing
65  Ukraine (UKR) ウクライナ Ukuraina Andriy Deryzemlya Biathlon
66  United States (USA) アメリカ合衆国 Amerika Gasshūkoku Eric Flaim Short track speed skating
67  Uruguay (URU) ウルグアイ Uruguai Gabriel Hottegindre Alpine skiing
68  Uzbekistan (UZB) ウズベキスタン Uzubekisutan Komil Urunbayev Alpine skiing
69  Venezuela (VEN) ベネズエラ Benezuera Iginia Boccalandro Luge
70  Virgin Islands (ISV) 米領バージン諸島 Amerika-ryō Bājin Shotō Paul Zar Bobsleigh
71  Yugoslavia (YUG) ユーゴスラビア Yūgosurabia Marko Đorđević Alpine skiing
72  Japan (JPN) 日本 Nippon Hiroyasu Shimizu Speed skating

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Akebono to perform 'dohyo-iri' at Olympic opening". shinmai.co.jp. January 28, 1998. Retrieved 27 July 2015.

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