Jessie Diggins has been chosen to be the flag bearer for Team USA during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics on Sunday night. Diggins made history when she barely beat out Sweden by 0.19 seconds to capture the first-ever gold medal for the United States in the women's team sprint (freestyle).
Diggins said carrying the flag "an incredible honor" and that she is "really humbled and moved that the athletes voted for me."
“This is such an incredible honor for me,” said Diggins. “I’m really humbled and moved that the athletes voted for me. It’s so inspiring to feel the support and cheering from everyone. The coolest thing for me about the Games has been getting to meet other athletes on Team USA, and getting to cheer them on at their events and learn about what they do. I have so much respect and admiration for everybody here and am beyond honored to be able to lead us out of these Games.”
US Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun called Diggins accomplishments in PyeongChang "inspirational and historic."
“Jessie’s breakthrough performances here in PyeongChang have been inspirational and historic, and her success is representative of years of teamwork and determination from all our athletes,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “I am proud that she has been recognized with the distinction of being our flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony. Her spirit and dedication to her sport and team members is contagious, and her influence on cross-country skiing and Team USA are remarkable.”
Luger Erin Hamlin carried the American flag into the Opening Ceremony making it the first time that two women have carried the flag since 2004 when Dawn Staley and Mia Hamm had the honor in Athens, Greece.
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