Sami Kennedy-Sim, stroke survivor, will carry the Australian flag at the closing ceremony

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She said it was a “rare privilege” to be chosen to lead her national team at the closing ceremony in Beijing, marking the end of Australia’s most successful Winter Games campaign (four medals ).

“What an honor,” she said. “When Geoff [Lipshut] told me, I was a little stunned. But what a way to conclude my third Games. Although I came here to improve on my last performance, it’s another top 10 performance at the Olympics and I’m very proud of it.

“When you think about the history this team has created, it adds to the magic of these Games to be asked to lead our team.”

Lipshut, Australia’s Head of Mission, said it was a great pleasure to break the news to Kennedy-Sim.

“Sami really deserves this honor. His commitment and professionalism go to the heart of what this team has done,” he said.

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“She’s had a wonderful career, reaching the top five in World Cup tournaments since making her debut in 2008, with a highest world ranking of 11th in 2011-12.

“In choosing Sami, I thought about his whole career. She struggled at her first Games in Sochi – she was extremely nervous, but then went on to earn two eighth-place finishes at her next two Olympics.

“She was the standard bearer for her sport – and kept her sport going in our country. She deployed and trained very hard, traveling to all the events and being credible in what is a very difficult sport. .

“Sami has truly made the most of her career. And tonight she will proudly lead Australia as these very successful Games draw to a close.

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