Todd Lodwick will carry the flag for Team USA in Sochi Opening Ceremony

Jay Busbee

Six-time Olympian Todd Lodwick will carry the American flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Olympics, Team USA announced Wednesday.

Lodwick has skied at an elite level in Nordic combined events for two decades. He's participated in every Winter Games since 1994: Lillehammer, Nagano, Salt Lake City, Torino, Vancouver, and now Sochi. His best finish is a silver medal in the men's team event in Vancouver.

He punched his ticket to Sochi by winning the U.S. Olympic trials in December, but dislocated his shoulder in a World Cup crash in France in January. "I have every intention of rehabbing this in time to be an integral part of the team," he told ESPN at the time. "Don't count me out."

[Photos: Todd Lodwick to carry flag for Team USA]

The individual combined events are Feb. 12 and 14, and the team event is Feb. 20.

Flag bearers are chosen via vote of each sport's team captains. Carrying the flag is a high honor, and often goes to Olympians recognized by their peers moreso than the public at large.

Of note: while flag bearers traditionally dip their flag when passing the head of state of the host nation, the United States does not dip its flag. The initial reasons for this are lost to history, although the United States refused to dip its flag to Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Games, and has not done so at any Olympics since.

Here is a Yahoo Sports feature on 2010 flag bearer Mark Grimmette:


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