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Grimmette: Carrying flag 'great honor'

2/11/2010

Five-time Olympian Mark Grimmette has been selected as flag bearer for the 2010 U.S. Olympic team by fellow members of Team USA.

Grimmette, of Muskegon, Mich., and Brian Martin, of Palo Alto, Calif., are the most successful luge duo in U.S. history, winning three World Cup titles, an Olympic bronze medal in 1998 and a silver medal in 2002.

"I'm still shaking." Grimmette said in a statement released by the U.S. Olympic Committee. "I was incredibly surprised when Brian told me, and I'm still trying to process it all. To be the person leading the U.S. team into the opening ceremony is just such a great honor."

Grimmette, 39, will be the third luge athlete to carry the flag into the Olympic opening ceremony. His predecessors are Frank Masley in 1984 and Cammy Myler in 1994.