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Lodwick named U.S. flag bearer
February 6, 2014 - Chris Knight
In case you haven't heard yet, U.S. nordic combined athlete Todd Lodwick has been picked to be the U.S. flag bearer during Friday's opening ceremonies here in Sochi. Nordic combined is ski jumping and cross-country skiing.
Lodwick is the only American to compete in six Winter Olympics. His first games was Lillehammer in 1994.
The 37-year-old from Steamboat Springs, Colo. was picked to carry the flag by a vote of the team captains in each sport.
It's worth noting that Lodwick is the second nordic combined athlete to carry the flag during the last two Winter Olympics. Who was the other? Come on, you all know this, right? Vermontville native Bill Demong, of course. Demong carried the flag during the closing ceremonies of the 2010 games in Vancouver. He learned of the honor the same day he won a gold medal and the same day he proposed to his now-wife Katie.
Lodwick won a silver medal in the nordic combined team event in Vancouver with Demong, Johnny Spillane and Brett Camerota. Here's a photo Lou took that day. From left, it's Camerota, Spillane, Demong and Lodwick.
We will know today if we'll get to attend the opening ceremonies. It's one of several high-demand media events that we had to apply for tickets to cover. The others include figure skating finals and the quarterfinals through finals in men's hockey.
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