Winter Olympics: Who are Team USA flag bearers for the opening ceremony?

The United States of America (USA) will hit the ice with more than 230 athletes across 15 sports like alpine skiing, bobsled, skating, luge and many more.

Team USA
Team USA

The much-awaited 2022 Winter Olympics are all set to begin from February 4 in Beijing, China. Meanwhile, Team USA on Wednesday revealed who would be carrying the American flag during the grand opening ceremony for the 2022 Games.

Olympic bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor and curler John Shuster have been named the flag bearers for Team USA. However, Meyers will unfortunately not be able to attend Friday’s ceremony because she tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, speed skater Brittany Bowe will replace her.

Being voted by my peers as the flag bearer is the biggest honor of my career,” Meyers Taylor said in an official release. “While I cannot carry the flag and walk in with the rest of Team USA, Brittany is very deserving of the opportunity to lead our delegation on my behalf. She is an incredible person with an exemplary character, and I’m excited to watch her and John lead Team USA at the Opening Ceremony. I’m honored to be a part of this team, and coming from a military family, it’s really special to have been chosen to carry our flag.”

“One of the greatest honors of my sporting career” 

John Shuster
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Shuster, who is the other American flag bearer, reckoned that it’s the greatest moment of his sports career. 

He stated: “Being elected as one of the flag bearers is a tremendous honor. When thinking back to my Opening Ceremony experiences, I cannot help but be so proud to lead Team USA into an Olympic Winter Games. Joining the incredible group of Team USA leaders, especially since it was chosen by my Team USA teammates, is one of the greatest honors of my sporting career.”

“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to lead Team USA into the opening ceremony. Taking on this responsibility is the honor of a lifetime, and I will proudly carry the American flag on behalf of Elana, her family, and all of Team USA,” said Bowe, who’ll replace Taylor on Friday.

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