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Todd Lodwick walks U.S. Olympic Opening Ceremony as flag bearer in Sochi

Todd Lodwick of the United States Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
Todd Lodwick of the United States Olympic team carries his country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
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Todd Lodwick walked the US Flag into the Fisht Stadium at the Olympics Opening Ceremony on Friday night proudly. The U.S. Olympics Opening Ceremony flag bearer was chosen to lead the United States athletes in the Parade of Nations and he was all smiles when he first came up the ramp with the athletes of America walking behind him. The Nordic combined skier seemed like the perfect choice as the flag bearer as he has competed in several Olympic competitions.

Who is Todd Lodwick? He is an American Nordic combined skier and has seen more than his share of competitions. Lodwick will become the first U.S. Winter Olympian to compete in six Olympic Games. This honor along with his focus to the sport, had the US Olympic Committee excited to offer him the position.

While there were plenty of other qualified candidates for the job, most of the 2014 Sochi Olympic viewers are excited about the decision. Focusing on Lodwick’s dedication to his sport and his longevity, the backstory for this athlete is extremely impressive. While there is no loser when it comes to the decision of the flag bearer, this choice might be the best yet.

Todd Lodwick held the American flag in Sochi on Friday night as the fans cheered on Team USA. Check out the photo slide show of the athletes who were part of the Parade of Nations.