SOCHI, Russia -- NBC Charlotte anchor Dave Wagner sat down with Todd Lodwick of Team USA ahead of the opening ceremony, in which Lodwick carried the American flag in front of the world.
Team USA voted Lodwick to carry the flag out of the 230 athletes. He says it was emotional for him.
“Scot Hamilton, Bill Koch – the list goes on of great athletes,” he says of waving the flag in front of his team. “This list goes on of great athletes, and I hope that I can follow in their footsteps and be as proud as they were.”
Lodwick says sometimes the time of an event may conflict with the opening ceremony. It’s a choice to attend, but Lodwick says he now knows how powerful the ceremony can be for an athlete. Not only to hear the roar of the crowd, but it’s a chance to meet the other members of Team USA.
Lodwick hasn’t yet decided about the next Winter Games, but he’s pumped to compete in Sochi.
“Whether the door is open or closed at the end of these games, I don’t know. But I just want to get out there and be the best athlete I can be over the next two weeks. Hopefully that’s enough to walk away with some hardware,” the Nordic combined skier said.
Lodwick is from Colorado, but has a soft spot for the Carolinas. His girlfriend lives in Columbia, S.C. She couldn’t make it to Sochi, but he knows she’s watching from home.