The U.S. Olympic Team elected five-time Olympian Chris Witty as the flag bearer to lead the USA delegation into Friday night’s Opening Ceremony in Torino.
“To be able to lead the U.S. Team into the Opening Ceremonies is a great honor,” said Witty, a three-time Olympic medalist. “My peers elected me … I’m honored to represent them and I’m honored to represent our country.”
Witty, who was abused by a family friend for seven years as a young child, is an inspiration for all abused children across the country. She is actively involved in fund-raising and awareness campaigns for Good Touch, Bad Touch, a child abuse awareness program.
At this year’s Winter Games, Witty will compete in the speedskating 500, 1000 and the 1500-meter races. Her first competition is the 500-meter on Tuesday, Feb. 14.