Lodwick was chosen over more famous American athletes, including snowboarder Shaun White and men's hockey captain Zach Parise.
Winter Olympics U.S. flag bearers
The United States flag bearers who participated in the opening ceremonies in past Winter Olympic Games with sport and site:
2014 Todd Lodwick, nordic combined, Sochi, Russia
2010 Mark Grimmette, luge, Vancouver, British Columbia
2006 Chris Witty, speedskating, Turin, Italy
2002 Amy Peterson, short-track speedskating, Salt Lake City
1998 Eric Flaim, speedskating, Nagano, Japan
1994 Cammy Myler, luge, Lillehammer, Norway
1992 Bill Koch, nordic skiing, Albertville, France
1988 Lyle Nelson, biathlon, Calgary, Canada
1984 Frank Masley, luge, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
1980 Scott Hamilton, figure skating, Lake Placid, N.Y.
1976 Cynthia Nelson, alpine skiing, Innsbruck, Austria
1972 Dianne Holum, speedskating, Sapporo, Japan
1968 Richard T. McDermott, speedskating, Grenoble, France
1964 William D. Disney, speedskating, Innsbruck, Austria
1960 Donald J. McDermott, speedskating, Squaw Valley, Calif.
1956 James John Bickford, bobsled, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
1952 James John Bickford, bobsled, Oslo, Norway
1948 John R. Heaton, bobsled, St. Moritz, Switzerland
1936 Rolf B. Monsen, nordic skiing, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
1932 William Mead Fiske III, bobsled, Lake Placid, N.Y.
1928 Godfrey Dewey, President of Lake Placid Organizing Committee, St. Moritz, Switzerland
1924 Clarence John Abel, ice hockey, Chamonix, France