Olympics: Nordic combined skier Watabe to carry flag for Japan

Kyodo -- Jan 14
The Japanese Olympic Committee will select veteran Nordic combined skier Akito Watabe as a flagbearer for February's Beijing Winter Games, sources familiar with the matter said Thursday.

The 33-year-old Watabe is a two-time silver medalist in the men's individual normal hill 10-kilometer event, reaching the podium at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and again four years later in Pyeongchang.

He was overall Nordic combined World Cup champion for the 2017-18 season, becoming only the second Japanese athlete to achieve the feat.

The top five Japanese in the World Cup standings as of Sunday will earn selection for the Feb. 4-20 Olympics, with Watabe a certainty to make his fifth straight Winter Games team.