Comments from Nikolas KAKLAMANAKIS (GRE), Robert SCHEIDT (BRA), Roman HAGARA (AUT), Alexander FOGLIA (URU), Barbara KENDALL (NZL), and Sophie BEKATOROU (GRE).
(GRE) - Mistral Gold medallist in 1996, Mistral Silver medallist in 2004
On lighting the Olympic Flame at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games:
"It was the biggest moment in my life apart from sailing. I was the first Greek to light the torch and I may be the only one in my lifetime. It was a nice 'thank you' to me, but it was also a nice 'thank you' to sailing. Sailors are often alone when they get the gun or receive an award. We had the whole world watching us at that moment."
(BRA) - Laser Gold medallist in 1996 and 2004, Laser Silver medallist in 2000
On being presented with the Brazilian flag by the President:
"It was quite emotional. Usually, they do not announce the flag bearer until right before the Opening Ceremony. It is very special to have a flag presented to me directly from the President and so far in advance of leaving for China."
(AUT) - Vying for his third Olympic Gold medal with the same crew, Hans Peter STEINACHER
On Hans Peter STEINACHER (AUT) being the flag bearer:
"I'm already so famous in Austria, so now it's his [Hans-Pieter STEINACHER's] turn."
(URU) - The only sailor from Uruguay
On being the Flag bearer for Uruguay:
"Not only am I the flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony in Beijing, I am the flag-bearer in Qingdao also. There are not very many Uruguayan athletes competing. I was selected because of my commitment to the sport. Unfortunately, I was supposed to receive the flag from the President, but I had to leave for China the same day."
(NZL) - Five-time Olympian and winner of gold, silver and bronze medals
On being the first woman to parade her country's colours at the Opening Ceremony:
"It is announced only a couple of days before the Ceremony and it is quite an event. These days, the flag bearer is robed in a Maori chief's cloak when the announcement is made."
(GRE) - 470 Women gold medallist in 2004
On being asked to carry the flag:
"When I declined, they asked me if I would consider being the flag bearer at the Closing Ceremony. I suggested that the honour should go to someone who wins a medal during the Games. It is a great motivator for our Yngling team to win a medal."