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Todd Lodwick named flagbearer for United States in Sochi

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Lodwick will lead the US contingent at the Games in Sochi. (Getty Images)
Lodwick will lead the US contingent at the Games in Sochi. (Getty Images)

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Nordic athlete Todd Lodwick will be the flagbearer for the United States at the Sochi Olympics, the USOC announced on Wednesday.

Lodwick, 36, is no stranger to the Olympics. The Steamboat Springs, Colorado native will be making his sixth appearance in the Winter Games. In Vancouver he helped the US team to a silver medal in the nordic combined, a historic achievement.

Lodwick is arguably the most decorated nordic skiier in North American history. He won two gold medals at the 2009 World Championships, which came after a two-year retirement. Lodwick also won a bronze medal at the 2013 Worlds as part of the Team normal hill discipline.

"Being nominated to carry the flag at the Opening Ceremony is one of the greatest honors that has ever been bestowed upon me," said Lodwick. "I couldn't 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."

Four years ago, luge athlete Mark Grimmette carried the flag for the USA in Vancouver.

Here's Lodwick talking about his story to TeamUSA.org.

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