The United States selected two flag bearers for Friday’s opening ceremony, and then immediately replaced one of them.
Curler John Shuster and snowmobile racer Elana Meyers Taylor have been selected to carry the US flag through Beijing’s National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, where the opening ceremony will take place Friday night . The parade of nations, or the procession of each group entering the stadium before the Olympic torch is lit, is considered the backbone of the opening ceremony, officially kicking off the Games.
But Meyers Taylor, a three-time Olympic medalist and one of America’s most decorated skiers, will not participate. She has been replaced by a replacement, speed skater Brittany Bowe, after it was revealed on Tuesday that she tested positive for coronavirus shortly after arriving in Beijing.
Meyers Taylor is currently asymptomatic but unable to attend the ceremony. However, she can still compete; Her first event won’t take place until February 13. She is currently in quarantine, but will be released – and allowed to compete – when she comes up with two negative test results.
Bowe, the three-time track and field athlete selected as a replacement by a vote among her teammates, was chosen to replace Meyers Taylor. Follow Team USABowe was the first runner-up in the poll.
Meyers Taylor passed the news to Bowe over the phone.
“I can’t think of a better honor than walking by myself, than having the opportunity for Brittany.” Taylor said in an interview with the “Today” show. “Brittany is an absolutely amazing human being.”
Bowe told “Today” that it was a “privilege” and that she was “just once, completely speechless”.
“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to lead Team America to the opening ceremony,” Bowe said in a statement on the group’s website. “It has been the honor of a lifetime to take on this responsibility, and I will proudly carry the American flag on behalf of Elana, her family, and the entire Team USA.”
The Beijing Olympics is the second time that countries have been asked to choose two flag bearers. The IOC encourages each participating country to nominate one man and one woman as flag bearers at the opening ceremony as part of its efforts. promote more gender equality at the Olympics.
Meyers Taylor will be the first skier since 1956 to become a flag bearer, the US team said. Shuster was the first to hold the flag during the opening ceremony.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/02/sports/olympics/us-flag-bearers-opening-ceremony.html Brittany Bowe will replace Elana Meyers Taylor as US Flag Bearer