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Sochi athletes that used to represent other countries

February 13, 2014, 17:53 UTC+3
These athletes at Sochi Olympics used to represent other countries than they do now
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Switzerland's Olympic halfpipe champion Yuri Podladtchikov competed for Russia at Turin Olympics. In 2007 he got Swiss citizenship.
Switzerland's Olympic halfpipe champion Yuri Podladtchikov competed for Russia at Turin Olympics. In 2007 he got Swiss citizenship.
Switzerland's Olympic halfpipe champion Yuri Podladtchikov competed for Russia at Turin Olympics. In 2007 he got Swiss citizenship.
© ITAR-TASS/ЕРА/ JENS BUETTNER
Speed skater Viktor Ahn, Russian bronze medalist in short track, was a citizen of South Korea until 2011. At the Olympics of 2002 and 2006 he competed for South Korea
Speed skater Viktor Ahn, Russian bronze medalist in short track, was a citizen of South Korea until 2011. At the Olympics of 2002 and 2006 he competed for South Korea
Speed skater Viktor Ahn, Russian bronze medalist in short track, was a citizen of South Korea until 2011. At the Olympics of 2002 and 2006 he competed for South Korea
© ITAR-TASS/Artyom Korotaev
Victor Wild changed his US citizenship to Russian marrying snowboarder Alena Zavarzina in 2011. In Sochi he competes for Russia
Victor Wild changed his US citizenship to Russian marrying snowboarder Alena Zavarzina in 2011. In Sochi he competes for Russia
Victor Wild changed his US citizenship to Russian marrying snowboarder Alena Zavarzina in 2011. In Sochi he competes for Russia
© EPA/EXPA/ JFK
In 1994 Petr Nedvěd changed his Czech citizenship to Canadian and played for Canada. Then Petr again played for the Czech Republic, getting the necessary permissions
In 1994 Petr Nedvěd changed his Czech citizenship to Canadian and played for Canada. Then Petr again played for the Czech Republic, getting the necessary permissions
In 1994 Petr Nedvěd changed his Czech citizenship to Canadian and played for Canada. Then Petr again played for the Czech Republic, getting the necessary permissions
© AP Photo/Julio Cortez
Slovene biathlete Jakov Fak used to represent Croatia till 2010. At Vancouver Olympics he was the flag bearer for Croatia. In Sochi he competes for Slovenia
Slovene biathlete Jakov Fak used to represent Croatia till 2010. At Vancouver Olympics he was the flag bearer for Croatia. In Sochi he competes for Slovenia
Slovene biathlete Jakov Fak used to represent Croatia till 2010. At Vancouver Olympics he was the flag bearer for Croatia. In Sochi he competes for Slovenia
© EPA/TOBIAS HASE
Russian alpine skier Alexander Glebov used to represent Slovenia under the name of Alec Glebov. He's competed for Russia since 2012
Russian alpine skier Alexander Glebov used to represent Slovenia under the name of Alec Glebov. He's competed for Russia since 2012
Russian alpine skier Alexander Glebov used to represent Slovenia under the name of Alec Glebov. He's competed for Russia since 2012
© EPA/JUSTIN LANE
Yuliya Zlobina, who competes for Azerbaidzhan in Sochi, used to represent Russia
Yuliya Zlobina, who competes for Azerbaidzhan in Sochi, used to represent Russia
Yuliya Zlobina, who competes for Azerbaidzhan in Sochi, used to represent Russia
© AP Photo/Darko Bandic
Russia's Olympic gold medalist Tatiana Volosozhar in Vancouver and Turin performed for Ukraine in pair with Stanislav Morozov
Russia's Olympic gold medalist Tatiana Volosozhar in Vancouver and Turin performed for Ukraine in pair with Stanislav Morozov
Russia's Olympic gold medalist Tatiana Volosozhar in Vancouver and Turin performed for Ukraine in pair with Stanislav Morozov
© ITAR-TASS/EPA/ HOW HWEE YOUNG
Anastasia Kuzmina who won gold for Slovakia in Sochi, is sister of Russia's famed biathlete Anton Shipulin. She represented Russia before 2008
Anastasia Kuzmina who won gold for Slovakia in Sochi, is sister of Russia's famed biathlete Anton Shipulin. She represented Russia before 2008
Anastasia Kuzmina who won gold for Slovakia in Sochi, is sister of Russia's famed biathlete Anton Shipulin. She represented Russia before 2008
© ITAR-TASS/Artyom Korotaev
Elena Khrustaleva is a Kazakh biathlete of Russian origin. At 2002 Olympics she performed for Belarus. Since 2006 she's been representing Kazakhstan
Elena Khrustaleva is a Kazakh biathlete of Russian origin. At 2002 Olympics she performed for Belarus. Since 2006 she's been representing Kazakhstan
Elena Khrustaleva is a Kazakh biathlete of Russian origin. At 2002 Olympics she performed for Belarus. Since 2006 she's been representing Kazakhstan
© AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth
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Switzerland's Olympic halfpipe champion Yuri Podladtchikov competed for Russia at Turin Olympics. In 2007 he got Swiss citizenship.
© ITAR-TASS/ЕРА/ JENS BUETTNER
Speed skater Viktor Ahn, Russian bronze medalist in short track, was a citizen of South Korea until 2011. At the Olympics of 2002 and 2006 he competed for South Korea
© ITAR-TASS/Artyom Korotaev
Victor Wild changed his US citizenship to Russian marrying snowboarder Alena Zavarzina in 2011. In Sochi he competes for Russia
© EPA/EXPA/ JFK
In 1994 Petr Nedvěd changed his Czech citizenship to Canadian and played for Canada. Then Petr again played for the Czech Republic, getting the necessary permissions
© AP Photo/Julio Cortez
Slovene biathlete Jakov Fak used to represent Croatia till 2010. At Vancouver Olympics he was the flag bearer for Croatia. In Sochi he competes for Slovenia
© EPA/TOBIAS HASE
Russian alpine skier Alexander Glebov used to represent Slovenia under the name of Alec Glebov. He's competed for Russia since 2012
© EPA/JUSTIN LANE
Yuliya Zlobina, who competes for Azerbaidzhan in Sochi, used to represent Russia
© AP Photo/Darko Bandic
Russia's Olympic gold medalist Tatiana Volosozhar in Vancouver and Turin performed for Ukraine in pair with Stanislav Morozov
© ITAR-TASS/EPA/ HOW HWEE YOUNG
Anastasia Kuzmina who won gold for Slovakia in Sochi, is sister of Russia's famed biathlete Anton Shipulin. She represented Russia before 2008
© ITAR-TASS/Artyom Korotaev
Elena Khrustaleva is a Kazakh biathlete of Russian origin. At 2002 Olympics she performed for Belarus. Since 2006 she's been representing Kazakhstan
© AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

These athletes at Sochi Olympics used to represent other countries than they do now. This gallery by ITAR-TASS will tell you more about such changes of national flag.

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