Amy thrilled to carry Union Flag at closing ceremony

27 February 2010

University of Bath-based Olympic champion Amy Williams will carry the Union Flag for Team GB at Sunday’s Vancouver 2010 closing ceremony.

The British Olympic Association today announced its decision to choose Amy to carry the flag, following her gold medal winning performance in the skeleton on 19th February.

Amy became Team GB’s first individual Olympic Winter Games gold medallist for 30 years and the first woman individual gold medallist for 58 years.

She said: “What an amazing honour to be asked to carry the British flag and lead the way for Team GB. I am hugely thrilled and proud – this really does mean the world to me.

“I’ve been pinching myself ever since I won the gold medal, and now to have this honour come my way is brilliant. I’m sure the closing ceremony will be a wonderful finale to what has been, to me, an incredible Games.”

Andy Hunt, Team GB Chef de Mission said: “There was only one truly outstanding candidate to carry our flag and that was Amy. She produced a magnificent performance to win the gold medal in skeleton – our first individual gold in 30 years.

“But she is also a charming and inspirational figure who we hope will help to encourage a new generation towards embracing Olympic sport.

“The closing ceremony marks the end of a fine Olympic Winter Games.  Our team has competed consistently well and produced some outstanding performances. Sunday’s ceremony will give our athletes a final chance to savour the unique atmosphere of these Games, and hopefully spur them on to return to the ranks of Team GB in Sochi in 2014.”

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