Bates College junior is only Olympian in Cyprus team

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There are several Maine athletes participating in the Winter Olympics, but only one carried a nation’s flag into the opening ceremonies.

Dinos Lefkaritis, who carried the flag for Cyprus on Friday, is a junior at Bates College in Lewiston.

The Sun Journal reports that he’s an engineering and economics major and the 12th Bates College Olympian.

He’s the only member of the Cyprus team, and will compete in the alpine skiing events in South Korea.

Cyprus is an island nation in the Mediterranean Sea but there is skiing there in the Troodoos Mountains. Lefkaritis has been skiing since age. 5, and is the top rated skiing in Cyprus.

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Dinos Lefkaritis, a junior at Bates College, carries the flag of Cyprus during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Lefkaritis, an engineering and economics major and the 12th Bates College Olympian, will compete in the alpine events. He is the only member of the Cyprus Olympic team. (Sean Haffey/Pool Photo via AP)

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