By Olivia Truby | Jan. 21, 2020, 12:28 p.m. (ET)

Jenna Riccomini poses for a photo with a flag at the Winter Youth Olympic Games on Jan. 21, 2020 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

 

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Freestyle skier Jenna Riccomini (Port Matilda, Pennsylvania) was selected as Team USA’s flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony of the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee announced today. 

“Being able to represent the U.S. as flag bearer is amazing,” Riccomini said. "I had a really good morning, I had big air qualifiers and put down good runs. To then learn that I get to be the flag bearer...It's a huge deal to me. It's a privilege and you have to earn it, so it means a lot.”

At the Winter Youth Olympic Games, 15-year-old Riccomini finished eighth in the women’s freestyle skiing slopestyle competition. Riccomini, who trains in Colorado, steadily improved on her run over the course of three final runs, earning 52.00 points on her third and final attempt. In Tuesday’s qualification runs for women’s big air, Riccomini put down two strong qualification runs to secure her spot in Wednesday’s final.

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Following 13 days of competition for athletes ages 15-18, the Winter Youth Olympic Games will conclude with the Closing Ceremony on Jan. 22 at the medals plaza in the heart of Lausanne. The third edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games featured 1,880 competitors from more than 70 nations competing in eight sports, 16 sport disciplines and 81 medal events

For more information of Team USA at the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020, visit TeamUSA.org/Lausanne2020.

U.S. Youth Olympic Team Flag Bearers
2010     Hannah Carson, track and field (opening)
2012     Jake Peterson, bobsled (opening); Julia Mueller-Ristine, alpine skiing (closing)
2014     Kendall Yount, taekwondo (opening); Richelle Stephens, rugby (closing)
2016     Chloe Kim, snowboarding (opening); Kalyn McGuire, skeleton (closing)
2018     Alex Cleary, rugby (opening); Grace Stark, track and field (closing)
2020     Lexie Madigan, biathlon and Reannyn Weiler, luge (opening); Jenna Riccomini, freestyle skiing (closing)