Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin Aussie flagbearer for Sochi games

ONE of our favourites to claim gold at the Sochi Winter Olympics has been given the honour of carrying the Australian flag at tomorrow’s opening ceremony.

But, the choice by the Australian Olympic Committee has come as a surprise, with Alex “Chumpy” Pullin beating front-runners Lydia Lassila and Torah Bright.

“I’m very surprised and very honoured,” Pullin said. “It’s not the thing that you really plan for,” he added.


NineMSN reports, the two-time Winter Olympian and world champion represents the bright young face of snow sports in Australia.

Joined by such luminaries as James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch in a formal team reception at the Sochi mountain village of Rosa Khutor yesterday, Pullin was presented the flag by Lassila, who carried it at the 2010 closing ceremony.

Pullin, 26, said he was lapping up the focus on him and didn’t mind the extra responsibility.

“That’s what we sign up for as competitors,” he said. “Every competition involves expectations.”