"I'm still speechless," she said at a team party where the announcement was made by the Australian team chief Ian Chesterman Thursday night. "I thought I was in trouble when (Chesterman) asked me in (Thursday morning). I didn't think about carrying the flag at all."
Bright was chosen because organizers consider her the "face of a new generation" of Olympic athletes. The Australian team, 40 athletes strong, is made up of some of the youngest athletes competing in the 2010 Games.
Snowboarder Scott James, who is coached by Bright's brother Ben and trains with her in Utah, is just 15 years old. Brittney Cox, also 15, will compete in moguls. Unlike the U.S. team, where athletes vote for which teammate will have the honor, the Australian flag bearer is chosen by the team chief, Chesterman.
Bright, who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a resident of Sugarhouse, will compete in Snowboarding half-pipe next week.