And so Nordic Combined got another flag bearer: The U.S. Ski Team's Todd Lodwick received the ultimate honor from his fellow Olympians, being named flag bearer for Team USA. The Olympic silver medalist and World Champion in Nordic Combined will lead the American team into the stadium Friday at his record sixth Winter Olympics. No other American has competed in six Winter Games, the most for any athlete worldwide.
Twenty years after his debut at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994, the 37-year-old will be attending a record sixth Olympics and this even after injuring his shoulder in a serious crash during the ski jumping part of the World Cup event in Chaux-Neuve four weeks ago.
"Being nominated to carry the flag at the Opening Ceremony is one of the greatest honors that has ever been bestowed upon me. I couldn¹t be more humbled and excited to be selected among all of the great athletes who were vying for this representation. Going into my sixth Olympic Games, it feels like I have already won a medal, and to cap off my career by representing the United States of America and Team USA is truly a privilege", Lodwick said.