Jessie Diggins will be the United States’ flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony at the 2018 PyeongChang Games, the United States Olympic Committee said Friday.
The 26-year-old cross country skier was selected by fellow Team USA members to lead their delegation into Sunday’s ceremony.
“This is such an incredible honor for me,” Diggins said (via Team USA). “I’m really humbled and moved that the athletes voted for me.”
“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,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said. “I am proud that she has been recognized with the distinction of being our flag bearer for the closing ceremony.”
Diggins is the first cross-country skier to be selected as the United States flag bearer for the closing ceremony. Ice hockey forward Julie Chu led Team USA into the ceremony in 2014, while skier Bill Demong received the position to conclude the Vancouver Games.
The last 24 hours have been unbelievable! No, seriously. I still donâ€™t believe it happened. There are so many people who are a part of this first ever gold medal for our team and I canâ€™t thank them all the way Iâ€™d like to...but you know who you are. Those of you who put your lives on hold to coach us, wax for us, train grueling sessions alongside of us and push us through the tough times as well as celebrate the good times. To the ones up cheering at 3am in your pajamas to the ones cheering on the side of the race course. To all of you who believed in us from the start and cheered us through every small victory and picked us up from every fall. Thank you, this medal belongs to you as much as it does to me. â¤ï¸
“I have so much respect and admiration for everybody here and am beyond honored to be able to lead us out of these Games,” Diggins said.