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Mario Stecher with Austrian Olympic Committee before 2014 Winter Games

Mario Stecher to be flag bearer for Austria

The Austrian Olympic Committee has chosen Austrian Nordic skier Mario Stecher to be the flag bearer in this afternoon's Winter Olympic opening ceremony.

Stecher is the committee's third choice of flag bearer after their original choice ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern was injured in a crash and their second choice Benjamin Raich decided to focus on the slalom race, meaning he will not travel to Sochi until five days after the opening ceremony.

Stecher is the brother-in-law of Raich, having married his sister Carina six years ago.

Mario Stecher will be carrying the flag in the ceremony of his sixth Olympic games. He has won gold twice in the team event in 2006 and 2010. He has also won a bronze medal in the 2002 games.

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