Todd Lodwick to carry US flag

Todd Lodwick competes to a first place finish in the 10K to secure a place on the United States Olympic team for Sochi 2014 during the Nordic Combined Olympic Trial at Utah Olympic Park on December 28, 2013
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Todd Lodwick says that he is honoured to have been given the task of leading the US team in the opening ceremony of the Sochi Games on Friday.

Todd Lodwick has said that it is an honour for him to carry the USA flag in the opening ceremony of the Sochi Games.

The 37-year-old Nordic combined skier will lead the largest delegation of American athletes in any Winter Olympics on Friday.

"Being nominated to carry the flag at the opening ceremony is one of the greatest honours that has ever been bestowed upon me," the Metro West Daily News quotes him as saying.

"I couldn't be more humbled and excited to be selected among all of the great athletes who were vying for this representation."

Lodwick is the second Nordic combined skier to carry the US flag after Rolf Monsen in 1936.

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