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Soldiers: who should carry the flag at the Olympics

As seven soldiers head for thsteven holcombe Winter Olympics, the call is out for one of them to be picked as flag bearer for the U.S. during the Parade of Nations in Sochi, Russia.
NBC raised the question, and its list of top picks for flag bearer on the NBC Olympics website includes two from the Army contingent:  Capt. Chris Fogt and veteran Steven Holcomb. The list includes several other Olympic competitors.
A Facebook page for soldiers, U.S Army W.T.F!  moments, is rallying soldiers to vote for Fogt, an Iraq veteran who’s on the bobsled team Night Train, along with Holcomb, who is pictured above. Fogt is pictured below.
 chris fogt
Soldiers going to the Olympics, in addition to Fogt and Holcomb, are Sgt. Nick Cunningham, Sgt. Justin Olsen, Sgt. Dallas Robinson, Sgt. Preston Griffall and Sgt. Matt Mortensen. Three military family members are going: Ashley Wagner, and sisters Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux.
Want the flag bearer to be someone who truly waves the flag? You can cast your vote on the NBC site at http://goo.gl/rvaWn4
See the Army Times print edition that comes out on Monday for profiles of the military Olympians.


  1. sarah Says:
    January 30th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I think a solider should carry the flag. I am also a veteran and fought for it.

  2. George Says:
    January 30th, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    If there is a Veteran at the Olympics they should always be the one carrying the flag If no veteran is available an active duty member of the Armed Forces should do it.

  3. Anne McGuire Says:
    January 30th, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    My son and two grandsons are in the Army…..I just want someone of the Armed Forces to carry the flag!

  4. Jamelle Says:
    January 31st, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Our Heros! United States military why question it!

  5. Victoria Appel Says:
    February 1st, 2014 at 4:02 am

    I believe that Veterans who participate in the Olympics should carry the Flag. They fought for that right!!

  6. Hiolly Says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I believe we should stick to the way the flag bearer has always been picked, each team (ski, cross country, etc) selects a nominee and than the nominees are voted on by the team capitains and the flag bearer is elected this way. WHy change something that has been in place for a number of Olympics?

  7. Debbie Peachtree Says:
    February 17th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    I am also a vet and feel an Active duty military member should carry the flag. There is still the closing ceremony, unless BJK has that spot all locked up.