Olympics 2010: Armenian Alpine skier “DNF” on Vancouver slope

Armenia’s official flag-bearer at the February 12 opening ceremony for the XXI Winter Olympics did not formally engage in the Vancouver Games until this Tuesday when he unsuccessfully attempted at a men’s giant slalom event in alpine skiing contested by 102 competitors.

Arsen Nersisyan, a 22-year-old alpine skier from Armenia’s winter resort town of Tsakhkadzor, was well outside the time of the Swiss winner and top 30 finishers at Whistler Creekside before starting to falter about halfway down course. Nersisyan was one of a dozen or so participants who wiped out on the course that had been questionable due to weather unsuitable for the competition. While he joins the ranks of the “Did Not Finish”, a couple of athletes did not even start.

Nersisyan will have another go in the current Olympics on February 27 (10 p.m. Yerevan time) in a slalom event.

Full results from the event are available here

Meanwhile, Armenia’s US-born Alpine skier Ani-Matilda Serebrakian, a 21-year-old sophomore at the University of San Francisco, will compete in giant slalom and slalom on February 24 and 26, respectively (both events starting at 10:00 p.m. Yerevan time).

Two Armenian athletes have finished the Games, finishing well outside the leading pack in cross-country skiing.

Kristine Khachatryan, a 20-year-old hopeful from Gyumri, finished 76th (34:17.5) among 78 participants in the ladies’ 10-kilometer race on Monday.

The same day, Sergey Mikaelyan, a 17-year-old from Ashotsk, did a little better in a 15-kilometer cross country race among men finishing 70th among 95 participants with the result of 37:58.9 – 4:22.6 outside the top finisher from Switzerland.

(More information on the XXI Winter Olympics is available on the Games’ official website)