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A woman poses for with the Olympic rings in Olympic Park as preparations continue for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
U.S. picks Todd Lodwick as Olympic flagbearer
First Published Feb 05 2014 10:28 am • Last Updated Feb 07 2014 04:51 pm

Sochi, Russia • The United States has chosen six-time Olympian Todd Lodwick to be the team’s flagbearer at Friday’s opening ceremony for the Sochi Games.

Team USA announced the choice on Wednesday. Lodwick is competing in the Nordic combined in Sochi. He is the first American to compete in six Winter Games. Lodwick was part of the team that won silver in Vancouver in 2010.

At a glance

Winter Olympics U.S. flag bearers

The United States flag bearers who participated in the opening ceremonies in past Winter Olympic Games with sport and site:

2014 — Todd Lodwick, nordic combined, Sochi, Russia

2010 — Mark Grimmette, luge, Vancouver, British Columbia

2006 — Chris Witty, speedskating, Turin, Italy

2002 — Amy Peterson, short-track speedskating, Salt Lake City

1998 — Eric Flaim, speedskating, Nagano, Japan

1994 — Cammy Myler, luge, Lillehammer, Norway

1992 — Bill Koch, nordic skiing, Albertville, France

1988 — Lyle Nelson, biathlon, Calgary, Canada

1984 — Frank Masley, luge, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia

1980 — Scott Hamilton, figure skating, Lake Placid, N.Y.

1976 — Cynthia Nelson, alpine skiing, Innsbruck, Austria

1972 — Dianne Holum, speedskating, Sapporo, Japan

1968 — Richard T. McDermott, speedskating, Grenoble, France

1964 — William D. Disney, speedskating, Innsbruck, Austria

1960 — Donald J. McDermott, speedskating, Squaw Valley, Calif.

1956 — James John Bickford, bobsled, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

1952 — James John Bickford, bobsled, Oslo, Norway

1948 — John R. Heaton, bobsled, St. Moritz, Switzerland

1936 — Rolf B. Monsen, nordic skiing, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

1932 — William Mead Fiske III, bobsled, Lake Placid, N.Y.

1928 — Godfrey Dewey, President of Lake Placid Organizing Committee, St. Moritz, Switzerland

1924 — Clarence John Abel, ice hockey, Chamonix, France

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The 36-year-old Lodwick’s longevity made him the choice despite competing in a relatively low-profile event. The Nordic combined features athletes who compete in both the ski jump and cross-country skiing.

Lodwick was chosen over more famous American athletes, including snowboarder Shaun White and men’s hockey captain Zach Parise.

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