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SOCHI, Russia — Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick, the first American to compete at six Winter Games, has seen his share of opening ceremonies. Now, he will see one from the front.

Lodwick will lead the U.S. team as its flag bearer at Friday's opening ceremony.

Lodwick made his Olympic debut at 17 at the 1994 Lillehammer Games. To put his tenure in perspective, consider that two athletes on the U.S. ski team (Mikaela Shiffrin and Sarah Hendrickson) weren't born when Lodwick began his Olympic run.

After a brief retirement following the 2006 Games, he returned to claim two world championships titles in 2009, followed by his first Olympic medal (silver) at the Vancouver 2010 Games. The U.S. team made history at those Games by winning its first Olympic medals in the sport.

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