Big air bronze medallist Billy Morgan has today been chosen as Team GB’s Closing Ceremony Flagbearer for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Morgan’s medal gave Team GB a record-breaking haul in South Korea, with the 28-year-old’s bronze ensuring Britain will leave PyeongChang 2018 with five medals, one more than was won at both Chamonix 1924 and Sochi 2014.
Morgan, who was the oldest man by three years in his final, landed his second and third jumps to clinch the final place on the podium.
Dom Parsons got the medal action underway with bronze in the men’s skeleton on day seven before an unforgettable Saturday followed with three medals, making day eight the most successful day in British winter Olympic history.
First, Izzy Atkin became the first Team GB athlete to win an Olympic skiing medal before an incredible evening at the women’s skeleton with British athletes occupying two spots on the same podium for the first time at a Winter Olympics.
Laura Deas won bronze on her Olympic debut and Lizzy Yarnold became the most successful British Winter Olympian of all time as she defended her gold medal in PyeongChang.
Morgan then wrapped up the medal tally with big air bronze and in doing so created a piece of individual history as the first British man to win an Olympic medal on snow in what was big air’s debut at the Games.
Away from the medals, British athletes recorded top 10 finishes in five other sports; alpine skiing, bobsleigh, cross country skiing, curling and short track speed skating with 58 athletes competing for Team GB, a Winter Olympic record.
Billy Morgan said: “I’m pretty nervous already just thinking about carrying the flag but I’m sure it’s going to be amazing. I’ll say to the athletes that it’s an honour to be the flagbearer and I hope everyone is stoked because it’s been a great experience out here.
“I still can’t believe yesterday. I never expected to win a medal before the contest and I keep forgetting I did it so it’s nice to relive it now and then which is pretty cool.
“It’s been a crazy Games for Team GB, our best ever, so I hope everyone can go home happy. It’s been amazing for me and I’m just over the moon
“The Olympics is a huge thing. When I first started it was only halfpipe but it’s really helped push snowboarding along and really put it on the map. I think it’s been amazing for snowboarding. “
Chef de Mission
Team GB Chef de Mission Mike Hay said:
“Billy became a bit of a people’s champion yesterday with that big air bronze medal and it’s a fitting tribute to his endearing character that he represents the whole of Team GB at tonight’s Closing Ceremony. It was a fantastic final full of high quality athletes, which makes Billy’s performance that extra bit special.
“To leave PyeongChang with five medals, our best ever Games in that respect, and a host of fourth place finishes and top 10s across the sports shows that winter sport in the United Kingdom is going in the right direction. These athletes can rightly return home very proud of what they have accomplished here in South Korea.”