Mark Grimmette: American Olympic Flag Bearer

February 12, 2010

Do you know who the Olympic Athlete is that was named Flag Bearer? Well that athlete is the great luger Mark Grimmette. Why was he selected? What is the procedure during the march? What other lugers have carried the American flag? Keep reading to know the details behind this news, plus take a look at some photos and the video below.

American Flag

Indeed U.S Olympic Luger Mark Grimmette was selected flag bearer at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the news came as an absolutely surprise to Mark.

"I’m still shaking, 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."

The news were delivered by fellow luger Brian Martin. Mark remembered that he was enjoying some reading that night when Brian came to him and brought the fantastic news.

"He seemed shaken, shaken with excitement, Then he told me and gave me a hug, and for the next half-hour he and I were both shaken."

Mark is the third luger to carry the flag, other lugers that did so was back in 1984, Frank Masley, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and in 1994 at Lillehammer, Norway it was Cammy Myler’s turn to have the honor. Mark Grimmette was selected for various reasons, among those reasons were the fact that this is his fifth time at the Olympics. He has won two medals, nine at the FIL World Luge Championships and overall at the Luge World Cup plus this is not the first time for Mark to be part of an important ceremony, he was among the other athletes at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002 that carried the flag taken from Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks.

But the 39 year old luger can also thank his teammates Bengt Walden and Tony Benshoof and certainly his luge team captain and friend Brian Martin who were responsible for Mark’s name among the flag bearers candidates.

"We were sitting around talking about what we were going to do and we didn’t think of nominating anyone, and then last minute, Bengt and I thought, ‘Well, what the hell, let’s nominate Mark.’ He’s great, five-time Olympian, two-time medalist,"

Do you know what the procedures are that the athletes have to follow at the Olympic March? The procedures for the marching members go in this order.

  • Before the ceremony begins they will be seated at BC place.
  • They will be marching in alphabetical order.
  • The host at the Olympics (Canada) and Greece will be marching first.
  • Each country’s Olympic contingent will be fully dressed in their official uniform.
  • Only the athletes competing will march.
  • They are not allow to carry cameras.
  • Each Country’s team will march along with their country’s name and flag.
  • At the moment they pass in front of the IOC president and the Canadian Leader each Olympic team will salute by turning their heads.
  • After the march is performed they will proceed to take their seats and enjoy the rest of the ceremony.
  • The Flag Bearer in this case Mark Grimette and has to remain on the field for the rest of the ceremony.

Mark, along with his friend and fellow luger Brian Martin, are the most well recognized successful luger in world. Before teaming up with Brian he was with Jonathan Edwards. Mark and Brian have been together since 1996. They almost didn’t make it to the Winter Olympics, but they finally made it when they beat Mortesen and Grifall.

Don’t miss this great event, where you can see our dear U.S Olympic team, and our beloved Mark Grimmette, chosen as the American Olympic Flag Bearer, at his fifth Olympic appearance. The host team flag carrier will be speed skater Clara Hughes.

Take a look at some photos and Video below.

Winter Olympics Photo

Mark Grimmette Video

Photos: Carrie Devorah/WENN, WENN,

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