He may be only 20 years old but Pyeongchang will be Seamus O’Connor’s second Winter Olympics. This Friday he will carry the Irish flag as he leads Ireland’s team of five competitors at the Games into the Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony.
O’Connor will compete in the Snowboarding Half Pipe competition, a discipline in which he has three Top 20 finishes secured in already this season.
Born in San Diego, both his paternal grandparents were born in Ireland so he represents us as part of the international diaspora.
His fellow athletes at the games include Alpine Skiers Tess Arbez and Patrick McMillian, Cross Country Skier, Thomas Westgard and Half Pipe Skier, Brendan ‘Bubba’ Newby.
The Winter Olympics opening ceremony gets underway at 11 am Irish time on Friday morning and there will be live coverage on Eurosport as well as a nightly highlights package on RTÉ TV.
“It’s a great honour for me and my family that I have been chosen to be the Irish flag bearer,” said O’Connor.
“As a double Olympian, I feel privileged to be a part of Team Ireland, a tight group of athletes and performance support staff representing Ireland on the world stage striving to be the best we can be.”
The Parade of Nations will be held at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium with over 90 nations participating in the ceremony.
Here is look at Ireland’s competition schedule over the two weeks of the Games.
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