Denisse Van Lamoen Announced As Chilean Olympic Flagbearer
SANTIAGO – Chilean archer Denisse Van Lamoen was presented as Chile’s flagbearer for the London Olympic Games at a ceremony at La Moneda. The 2011 World Champion is one of Chile’s biggest medal hopes for the London Games.
The Chilean flag was presented the archer from Arica by President Sebastián Piñera. Van Lamoen will return to the Olympics after representing Chile at the Sydney 2000 Games in Australia.
The ceremony marked one month remaining until the opening of the London Olympic Games. In London, authorities unveiled a giant set of Olympic rings below the iconic Tower Bridge.
The President said that the athletes “represent the joy, hope and pride of an entire people”. The ceremony was attended by former flagbearers Fernando González (2008) and Nicolás Massú (2000).
The paired teamed up in 2004 to win Chile’s first ever gold medal, in the tennis doubles event. Massú followed that with victory in the singles, while González took bronze, as well as silver in Beijing.
The archer needed to return quickly from the United States, where she was making final preparations for the Olympic Games. The Chilean Olympic Committee selected the flagbearer by popular vote. Van Lamoen was selected ahead of sailor Matías del Solar, fencer Paris Inostroza, veteran table tennis player Berta Rodríguez, and skeet shooter Francisca Crovetto.
The Chilean athletes will look to follow up their performance in the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Chile had its most successful campaign, with a total of 43 medals.
During the presentation, the President added, “As President of Chile I want to wish the athletes the greatest success. They represent the hopes and dreams of the people of our country.The people hope for a performance that befits Chile – small geographically, but big in spirit.”
After the presentation, Van Lamoen stated, “It’s a tremendous joy and gives me immense pride to have been chosen as the flagbearer. It’s a big responsibility, because I know I represent the country not only with the shirt on the field, but also in the parade which is often a dream for us .”