5 Feb 2014

Skater to carry flag in Sochi

10:15 pm on 5 February 2014

Long track speed skater Shane Dobbin is to carry the flag for New Zealand at the Winter Olympics in Russia.

Shane Dobbin at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

Shane Dobbin. Photo: AFP

Dobbin's selection was announced at a ceremony at the athletes' village in Sochi on Wednesday where he was presented with a Maori cloak and the traditional pounamu pendant worn by the flag bearer.

The New Zealand team's chef de mission, Pete Wardell, says Dobbin is a world-class athlete, a wonderful role model and an inspiration.

The 34-year-old is a former inline skating world champion. He says his selection is a great honour and is determined to make his team and his country proud.

The Opening Ceremony is on Friday night (local time).