The Winter Olympics are getting an extra helping of badass at this year's Opening Ceremonies.
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If you recognize the guy carrying the American flag at the Opening Ceremony in Sochi, maybe it's because he's Todd Lodwick, a contestant in our 2011 Maximum Warrior competition. As one of the brave civilian halves of the ten "Pros and Joes" pairings, the 37-year-old skier acquitted himself admirably on the course - but then, you'd probably expect that of a man who's about to take part in his sixth Olympic Games. Competing in the Nordic Combined (a grueling and nerve-shredding combination of cross-country skiing and ski jumping), he was chosen to carry the flag as the result of a vote by the team captains of each sport. As the first American to ever compete in six separate Winter Olympics, join us in cheering for Todd to bring home the gold. It'll look great on his mantle next to the silver medal he won at Vancouver in 2010!