Olympics: Napolitano hands Italy flag to Zoeggeler for Sochi
Luge specialist will lead Azzurri at opening ceremony18 December, 12:20
Zoeggeler, a luge specialist, has won five individual Olympic luge medals in a career stretching back almost 20 years, including gold medals he claimed in Salt Lake City in 2002 and Turin in 2006. The 39-year-old, known as the 'cannibal' for his ability to gobble up trophies, has also been crowned world champion six times.
Star forward Chiarotti, the captain of Italy's sledge hockey team, is a pioneer of the Italian team which won the European championship and made its Paralympic debut at the 2006 Games in Turin.
The team finished seventh at the Vancouver 2010 Games.
"You are the pride of Italy, be drive by patriotic spirit," the head of State said in message to the Italian Winter Olympic and Paralympic teams.