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Members of Staff USA has elected bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor as their flag bearer for Sunday’s closing ceremony, making her the primary athlete chosen because the U.S. flag bearer for each the Winter Olympics‘ opening and shutting ceremonies since 1948.
Meyers Taylor had been poised to hold the flag for the Feb. 4 opening ceremony, however a teammate took her place as a result of the bobsledder examined constructive for COVID-19.
“I used to be so honored to be named the Opening Ceremony flag bearer, however after not with the ability to carry the flag, it is much more humbling to guide the US on the Closing Ceremony,” Meyers Taylor stated.
“Congratulations to my fellow Staff USA athletes on all their success in Beijing – I am trying ahead to carrying the flag with my teammates by my facet and shutting out these Video games.”
The closing ceremony can be held Sunday at 7 a.m. ET; NBC will replay the occasion at 7 p.m. ET.
Meyers Taylor received a silver medal on the Beijing Olympics, within the inaugural ladies’s monobob (one-person sled) occasion. At 37, the achievement makes her the oldest U.S. girl to win a medal on the Winter Olympics.
She nonetheless has an opportunity at successful one other medal within the two-woman bobsled, which takes place sooner or later earlier than she leads the U.S. contingent on the closing ceremony. Meyers Taylor, who’s the pilot, and brakewoman Sylvia Hoffman are in third place after two heats. They’re lower than 1 second off of the highest time.
Coming to China for her fourth Winter Olympics, Meyers Taylor had received two silver medals and one bronze in her Olympic profession, which started with the Vancouver Video games of 2010.