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Young snowboarding champ to bear Finnish flag at Sochi

Finnish snowboarder, Enni Rukajärvi has received the honoured position of flag bearer for the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony. It’s the 23 year old’s first shot at an Olympic games.

Enni Rukajärvi.
Enni Rukajärvi. Image: Lehtikuva

Rukajärvi is one of Finland's biggest medal hopes in 2014. She is  currently slopestyle World Champion.

“Of course, this is a great honour,” says the bright eyed mistress of the slopes. “The Olympic games highlights nationality and Finnishness is more prominent than snowboarding in general. It’s great to be part of the Finnish team.”

The choice was easy in the end, says Finnish team leader Mika Kojonkoski. He says that slopestyle snowboarding represents a new, relaxed, fresh and energetic sports culture, meaning that Rukajärvi was the perfect candidate for flag bearer.

In the previous Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the Finnish flag was carried by hockey player Ville Peltonen.

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