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Luger Grimmette to carry US flag

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  February 11, 2010 07:52 AM

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Mark Grimmette, a luge racer who is the US's career-leading international medals winner, has been chosen to carry the American flag at tomorrow's Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Grimmette won a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and bronze at the 1998 games in Nagano, Japan, but did not finish at the 2006 games in Turin. He is from Muskegon, Mich.

The nod for American flag holder usually goes to an "elder statesman" type from one of the less-mainstream Olympic sports. Captains from each of the teams nominate and vote for the flag bearer.

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