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Colorado skier Jon Lujan bearing flag for Paralympic opening ceremony

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The United States Olympic Committee announced today that alpine skier Jon Lujan of Littleton, Colo. has been selected as the flag bearer for the U.S. Paralympic Team at the Opening Ceremony for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games on March 7. Lujan was chosen by a vote of fellow Team USA athletes.

Lujan was first named to the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Team in 2012, and he has been a top performer for Team USA ever since. Lujan is a four-time national champion, including a downhill title at the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing National Championships in February. He also earned a bronze medal in giant slalom at the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing World Cup in Thredbo, Australia, in the fall of 2013.

A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Lujan served as a Sergeant in the Marine Corps for more than eight and a half years. He first served from 1993-97 and again from 2001-06. During a mission in Iraq in 2003, Lujan ruptured two discs in his back. The surgery to repair the discs in 2005 damaged Lujan’s spinal cord, leaving him with permanent nerve damage and paralysis in his lower legs.

Lujan will lead the 80-member U.S. team into the Opening Ceremony on March 7 at Fisht Olympic Stadium. The Opening Ceremony will be live on NBC Sports Network at 9 a.m. MT.