Finnish Olympic veteran shooter to carry flag at ceremony

Society Materials 6 August 2008 16:21 (UTC +04:00)

Olympic veteran Juha Hirvi has been selected to carry the Finnish flag at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Games, the Finnish Olympic Committee said Wednesday.

The games that open Friday will be 48-year-old Hirvi's sixth Olympic Games, a record for Finnish athletes competing in the Summer Games that he will share with Finnish dressage rider Kyra Kyrklund who is also to compete in Beijing, dpa reported.

Hirvi won a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Games in the small- bore rifle, 3 positions.

Cross-country skiers Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi and Harri Kirvesniemi and ice hockey player Raimo Helminen have also competed at six Winter Games.