Billy Morgan to carry GB flag at Winter Olympics closing ceremony

Olympic bronze medallist Billy Morgan will carry the GB flag at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympic games.

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

The Southampton 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.

Morgan told Sky Sports: “I don’t know what is happening to me at the moment! It is pretty crazy.

“I am just going to try and enjoy it as much as possible.

“We have got to get home, it is a long old flight home, so I can’t party too hard tonight!

“I will get ill if I do that and there are interviews and stuff to do when I get home.”

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.”

Billy Morgan – the oldest snowboarder in the competition – described his surprise bronze medal as'epic'

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

The 28-year-old 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.