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Published on Jan 28, 2007
Following the trend set from the selection of eight personalities representing the five continents and the three pillars of Olympism at the ... Tout » Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, the flag was brought this time into the stadium by eight women:
* Sophia Loren, Italian born actress who was the patroness of the Ceremonies; * Isabel Allende, Chilean novelist; * Nawal El Moutawakel Member of the IOC from Morocco, the first Muslim woman to win an Olympic gold medal; * Susan Sarandon, American actress and activist; * Wangari Maathai, Nobel laureate and the founder of the Kenyan Green Belt Movement; * Manuela Di Centa, Italian seven-time Nordic skiing gold medalist * Maria Mutola, gold medalist from Mozambique; * Somaly Mam, Cambodian human rights activist.
The Olympic flag was then handed over to eight members of the Alpini, an Italian infantry unit, who raised the flag while the Olympic Anthem was played. And The Torino 2006 Anthem by Claudio Baglioni