Saturday, December 27, 2014

Luge athlete chosen as U.S. flagbearer

Five-time Olympian Mark Grimmette has been selected as flag bearer for the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team by fellow members of Team USA. The opening ceremonies are tomorrow night.

Luge athlete chosen as U.S. flagbearer

Five-time Olympian Mark Grimmette has been selected as flag bearer for the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team by fellow members of Team USA. The opening ceremonies are tomorrow night.

Grimmette, 39, of Muskegon, Mich., was notified of his selection by his doubles teammate, Brian Martn.

"I'm still shaking." Grimmette said. "I was incredibly surprised when Brian [Martin] 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."

Grimmette and Martin are the most successful sled in U.S. luge history., having won silver at the 2002 Olympics and bronze at the 1998 Games.  

Grimmette is one of three five-time Olympians on the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team, joining nordic combied skier Todd Lodwick and ski cross athlete Casey Puckett. Grimmette joins Frank Masley (1984) and Cammy Myler (1994) as the third U.S. luge athlete to lead the team.

"The exposure for the sport of luge is great," Grimmette said. "We're a small organization, but a hard-working organization. In the past, we've had Frank Masley and Cammy Myler carry the flag. Now, I'm honored to be representing our sport and this whole U.S. Team."

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SAM DONNELLON's career began in Biddeford, Me., in 1981, and has included stops in Wilkes-Barre, Norfolk, and New York, where he worked as a national writer for the short-lived but highly acclaimed National Sports Daily. He has received state and national awards at each stop and since joining the Daily News in 1992 has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Associated Press Managing Editors of Pennsylvania and the Keystone Awards. He and his wife have raised three fine children, none of whom are even the least bit impressed with the above. Sam is veteran of Olympics coverage for the Daily News, including the Games in Sydney and Turin, among others.

MARCUS HAYES grew up on a small farm outside of Hermon, NY., a small town near the Canadian border about the size of Reading Terminal Market. In high school he played three varsity sports and aspired to be faster, or more skilled, or taller. Having failed in those aspirations and seeking a warmer climate, Marcus attended Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and eventually graduated with a degree in Magazine Writing. He also earned a degree in English from the College of Arts and Sciences. To date he has written for no magazines. His English is spotty at best. Upon graduation in 1990, with Jim Boeheim's talent-leaden SU basketball teams having won no titles, Marcus spent 4½ years working for the now-absorbed Syracuse Herald-Journal covering high school sports, local small college sports and non-revenue sports at SU. Marcus joined the Daily News as a feature story writer in 1995. Among other assignments he has covered the Eagles and Phillies beats for most of his tenure. Still, the paper soldiers on.

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