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Who should be U.S. flag bearer in Opening Ceremony?

Jan 28, 2014, 5:47 PM EST

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The U.S. Olympic Opening Ceremony flag bearer is usually chosen two days before the Games. Therefore, everyone has another week to debate who this year’s choice should be.

The U.S. flag bearer generally falls into one or more of three categories — medal favorite (Mariel Zagunis, 2012), longtime Olympian (Mark Grimmette, 2010) or fascinating backstory (Lopez Lomong, 2008).

(Technically, a flag bearer doesn’t have to be an Olympian. Boxer/politician Manny Pacquiao carried the Philippines flag at the 2008 Olympics.)

With that in mind, NBC Olympics compiled a list of 13 candidates (plus the ubiquitous “other”) to carry the Stars and Stripes into Fisht Stadium on Feb. 7. One can vote here.

Here are 13 potential flag bearers:

Erika Brown, Curling – First competed at the Olympics in 1988 at age 15, when curling was a demonstration sport.
Julie Chu, Hockey – Only four-time U.S. Olympic hockey player in Sochi.
Emily Cook, Aerials – Competing in her third Olympics. Made the 2002 Olympic Team but withdrew due to injury.
Meryl Davis and Charlie WhiteFigure Skating – Only U.S. gold-medal favorites in figure skating.
Shani Davis, Speed Skating – Could become first U.S. man to win the same Winter Olympic event three times.
Chris Fogt, Bobsled – A U.S. Army Olympian.
Steven Holcomb, Bobsled – Drove the U.S. to its first four-man bobsled since 1948 in 2010.
Todd Lodwick, Nordic Combined – First six-time U.S. Winter Olympian.
Bode Miller, Alpine Skiing – First five-time Olympic Alpine skier.
Noelle Pikus-Pace, Skeleton – Skeleton gold-medal co-favorite, mother of two.
Kikkan Randall, Cross-Country Skiing – Favored to win first U.S. Olympic cross-country gold medal.
Lindsey Van, Ski Jumping – Veteran anchor of first U.S. Olympic Women’s Ski Jumping Team.
Shaun White, Snowboarding – Could become first Winter Olympian to enter at least four career events and win gold medals in all of them.

Who will represent U.S. Figure Skating in Olympic team event?

  1. orangeandblack67 - Jan 28, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    I think you have to go with the gold. So that’s either White or Davis.

    • tadnd - Jan 29, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      Winter Olympics – premier sport downhill skiing – Bode Miller

  2. chiadam - Jan 29, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    Kaner.

  3. mgmac - Jan 29, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    Hockey player Joe Shlebotnik

  4. bcjim - Jan 29, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Lolo!

    Is this even a real question?

  5. skier2dot0 - Jan 29, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Emily Cook

  6. watermelon1 - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Gracie GOLD… For obvious reasons.

  7. 12is3times4 - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Are any of the listed candidates known to be gay? Just imagine, an openly gay athlete not only bearing the flag, but (as per US tradition) not dipping it when passing Vlad Putin’s box. Now THAT would be something worth watching.

  8. electstat - Jan 30, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Seems obvious to me that we would choose Fogt…especially since he is an Army Captain.

  9. rmurphy79 - Jan 30, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    It will be an absolute travesty if the US selects anyone other than Chris Fogt, Army captain and Iraq War veteran. He understands better than anyone else what it means to lead a team.

  10. oduckdude - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    Should be Tracy Barnes, true Olympian. She knew her sister should have qualified for the Olympics but was sick/injured during the trials, so she gave up her spot so her sister could go. Since she’s not competing give her the opportunity to carry the flag.

  11. Evanston Real eState of Mind - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    SHANI !!!!!!

  12. Evanston Real eState of Mind - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Greatest. Speed. Skater. Ever. Period. Exclamation Point !!!!! Shani Davis!!!!!!

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