- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Todd Lodwick of Steamboat Springs will carry the United States flag at Friday’s opening ceremony for the Sochi Games.

Team USA announced the choice Wednesday. Lodwick is competing in the Nordic combined in Sochi. He is the first American to compete in six Winter Games and was part of the team that won silver in Vancouver in 2010.

The 36-year-old Lodwick’s longevity made him the choice despite competing in a relatively low-profile event. The Nordic combined features athletes who compete in both the ski jump and cross-country skiing.

Lodwick was chosen over more famous American athletes, including snowboarder Shaun White and men’s hockey captain Zach Parise.

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