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Friday, February 12, 2010

PostHeaderIcon U.S. luger Mark Grimmette to carry American flag

VANCOUVER - When Mark Grimmette got the news that the U.S. captains had selected him to carry the American flag at tonight's opening ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics, he wondered why.
 
He was, after all, a luger, a competitor in a sport that has difficulty garnering attention even at the Olympics. There are probably more Americans who can recite the preamble to the Constitution than identify Grimmette.
 
"I honestly have no idea why I was chosen," he said. He sought information from Brian Martin, his doubles teammate and the luge team's captain. "I kept asking Brian, and all he said was that they kept mentioning the phrase 'elder statesman'."
 
Balding, 39, and a five-time Olympian, Grimmette comes by that title naturally - more naturally than 'flag-bearer.'
 
"I was just floored," Grimmette said of getting the news from Martin. "We sat in our room for about a half-hour, shaking our heads. My hands were shaking. I'm probably still shaking."
 

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