Wozzy to carry Denmark’s flag in Rio

Caroline Woniacki to hoist Dannebro high in Rio (photo: DIF) Caroline Woniacki to hoist Dannebro high in Rio (photo: DIF)
February 8th, 2016 12:27 pm| by Christian W
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When the Danish Olympic team takes centre stage at the opening ceremony of the Rio Games on August 5, Caroline Wozniacki will be leading the way.

The national sports confederation DIF confirmed the Danish tennis star as the official flag bearer at City Hall on Friday.

“It’s a huge honour for me,” Wozniacki said. “The Olympics mean a lot to me and I have some fantastic memories from my previous participation.


“I enjoy being part of the Danish team and feeling that team spirit that I don’t experience during my everyday life. To carry the flag in Rio will be one of the highlights of my career and something I will never forget.”

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Third woman in history
Wozniacki will become the 25th Danish sports person and just the third woman to carry the Danish banner at an Olympic opening ceremony.

She is also the first Dane since Michael Markussen in Los Angeles in 1984 to carry the flag without previously winning an Olympic medal.

Wozniacki will be looking to improve on her previous best Olympic result, a quarter-final loss in London in 2012. In 2008 in Beijing, she was ousted in the third round.

Denmark’s flag bearers through the ages:


1908, London: Aage Vilhelm Holm, swimming

1912, Stockholm: Arne Højme, race walking

1920, Antwerp: Robert Johnsen, gymnastics

1924, Paris: Peter Ryefelt, fencing

1928, Amsterdam: Marius Jørgensen, athletics

1932, Los Angeles: Axel Bloch, fencing

1936, Berlin: Erik Hammer Sørensen, fencing

1948, London: Vagn Loft, hockey

1952, Helsinki: Erik Swane Lund, fencing

1956, Melbourne: Ole Hviid Jensen, shooting

1960, Rome: Benny Schmidt, pentathlon

1964, Tokyo: Henning Wind, sailing

1968, Mexico City: Erik Hansen, kayaking

1972, Munich: Peder Pedersen, cycling

1976, Montreal: Judith Andersen, rowing

1980, Moscow: Jørgen Lindhardtsen, sailing

1984, Los Angeles: Michael Marcussen, cycling

1988, Seoul: Anne Grethe Törnblad, equestrian

1992, Barcelona: Jørgen Bojsen-Møller sailing

1996, Atlanta: Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen, badminton

2000, Sydney: Jesper Bank, sailing

2004, Athens: Eskild Ebbesen, rowing

2008, Beijing: Joachim B Olsen, shotput

2012, London: Kim Wraa, kayaking

2016, Rio de Janeiro, Caroline Wozniacki, tennis