Morgan to be Great Britain flag bearer in Pyeongchang closing ceremony

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Billy Morgan has been named as Great Britain’s flag bearer for the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

The 28-year-old snowboarder scored a surprise bronze medal in the men’s Big Air competition on Saturday.

In doing so, Morgan ensured the British team would finish the Pyeongchang Games with a record five medals.

Billy Morgan on his way to a bronze medal in snowboarding Big Air
Billy Morgan on his way to a bronze medal in snowboarding Big Air (Mike Egerton/PA Images)

Great Britain chef de mission Mike Hay, asked about the choice of party-loving Morgan for flag bearer, said: “Yes, I’m slightly worried that he gets the right stadium and carries the flag the right way. But I had a good chat with him and he is very humbled and is taking it very seriously.

“I can tell you Billy was delighted. I don’t think it was something he expected, or really knew about the protocol, but he’s delighted.”

Morgan competed in Sochi without an anterior cruciate ligament and subsequently needed substantial knee reconstruction two years ago.

The Southampton snowboarder, a former builder, had finished a disappointing 10th in qualifying for the men’s slopestyle on the opening day of the Games and his bronze in the Big Air was a welcome bonus for him and the British team.