Anders Södergren to carry the flag in Sochi
Cross-country skier Anders Södergren will be carrying the Swedish flag at the opening of the Olympic Games in Sochi on Friday.
This will be 36-year-old Södergren's third Olympics, but it is actually the first time he will be there for the opening.
"There has always been races already on day two, with too long distances to travel for us skiers," Södergren tells TT newsagency.
He says he feels honoured.
"Anders is a well-merited Olympic competitor. A good role-model for the rest of the team, not least the young ones. He has been doing this for a long time and has a lot of experience," says Björn Folin, press spokesperson at the Swedish Olympic committee.
In Olympic Games, Södergren has had most success in the relay-races, reaching a bronze medal in Turin 2006, and a gold with his team-mates in Vancouver four years ago. He also has two silver medals for his individual races at World Championships.
In Sochi he is aiming for a medal in the 50 kilometre race, which will take place on the last day of the games, the 23rd of February.