Latvian ice-hockey goalkeeper Arturs Irbe was chosen to carry the national flag during the 2006 Winter Olympics' opening ceremony.The Latvian Olympic Committee said that, initially, there had been four candidates. In addition to Irbe, biathlonist Ilmars Bricis, hockey player Karlis Skrastins and luge racer Martins Rubenis were nominated.Irbe is one of Latvia's greatest ice-hockey celebrities. He began his career during the Soviet era, and left for the U.S.A. in the early '90s, where he spent many years playing in the NHL. Since 1991, three bobsled racers and one ice-hockey player have carri...
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