Who should carry the U.S. flag for the Closing Ceremony?

Maggie Hendricks
February 26, 2010

The honor of being the flag bearer for the Olympic Closing Ceremony is bestowed by the athletes themselves. Joey Cheek, a speedskating gold medalist who donated his prize money to charity, carried the flag in Turin. Here are a few suggestions for American Olympians:

Angela Ruggiero: The captain of the silver-medal-winning women's hockey team has been a leader not just in these Olympics, but through four Olympics. She is respected by her peers and was even recently named a member of the International Olympic Committee.

Hannah Teter: She's a two-time medalist in snowboarding, winning silver in Vancouver and gold in Torino. Beyond that, Teter is a unique and selfless woman, donating prize money to charity, selling women's underwear to raise funds for Haiti, and planning to live off the grid after these Olympics.

Apolo Anton Ohno: During these Olympics, he became the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian, and this is likely the last time we will see him compete.

Bill Demong or Johnny Spillane: Before the Olympics, the U.S. hadn't won a single medal in the Nordic combined in the 86 years it was an Olympic sport. In these Olympics, they've medaled in every event, including a gold in the individual large hill for Demong, and a silver for Spillane.

UPDATE: According to U.S. Ski and Snowboard officials, Bill Demong will carry in the flag.

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