Kerstin Joensson, AP
SOCHI, Russia — Utah may have missed out on having a local carry the U.S. flag into the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremonies Friday night, but a local skier will lead Ireland's athletes into the festivities.
Conor Lyne was chosen by the Olympic Council of Ireland to lead that country’s athletes in the Parade of Nations during Opening Ceremonies. There are five Irish athletes competing in the Sochi Winter Games.
The 21-year-old alpine ski racer is a 2011 graduate of Logan High. He was born in Ireland but moved to Logan when he was 4 years old.
Lyne will compete for Ireland in slalom and giant slalom, the first of which begins Wednesday, Feb. 19.
Ireland has never won a Winter Olympics medal. The closest any Irish athlete came was in the 2002 Salt Lake Games when Clifton Wrottesley finished fourth in men’s skeleton.
Ireland's first athlete competes Thursday, Feb. 13, in the snowboard slopestyle qualification round. It is that sport's Olympic debut.
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