PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Erin Hamlin, a four-time Olympian, was named Thursday by the US Olympic Committee as the American flag bearer for Friday’s opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, AFP reports.
Two-time world champion Hamlin was chosen by a vote of US Olympians in South Korea and will become the fourth luger to serve as flag bearer, the first since 2010.
Hamlin became the first American to win an Olympic singles luge medal in the sport’s 50-year Olympic history with a 2014 bronze at Sochi. She had not reached a World Cup podium for two years.
“Making four teams and winning the bronze medal is so much more than I could I have imagined I would accomplish,” Hamlin said.
“Now being voted flag bearer is a whole new level…”