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Germany pick hockey veteran Ehrhoff as closing ceremony flagbearer

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Pyeongchang, South Korea (dpa) - German ice hockey stalwart Christian Ehrhoff will carry his country‘s flag at Sunday‘s closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics, a few hours after competing for gold in the men‘s final.

The 35-year-old Koelner Haie defender, who enjoyed a 826-game career with a number of NHL teams, was given the honour on Saturday in recognition of Germany‘s unexpected progress to the final, beating top-ranked nine-time Olympic champions Canada 4-3 in Friday‘s semi-final.

Germany now take on the team of Olympic Athletes from Russia, who will be hoping to march at the ceremony under the Russian flag if a ban on the Russian Olympic Committee for doping is lifted by the International Olympic Committee.

"This is a great honour for me but I think it is more for being a representative of the team, not just the ice hockey team but Team D (Deutschland)," Ehrhoff said.

Nordic combined star Eric Frenzel was Germany‘s flagbearer at the opening ceremony, going on to become the first Nordic combined skier in 38 years to win back-to-back Olympic gold in the normal hill event.

Germany has enjoyed a successful Games with 28 medals including 13 golds so far - a best mark on gold medals since German reunification in 1990 and far higher than the 19 medals in all including eight gold from Sochi 2014.


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