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American flag at Olympics flown in Tulsa

Posted at 10:46 PM, Feb 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-23 07:19:08-05

You probably saw Olympians Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs win the silver medal last night during the bobsled competition right here on 2 Works For You.

That flag they celebrated with was flown right here in Tulsa.

Every flag has a story, but these flags are part of a patriotic journey to the Olympics.

When Taylor and Gibbs won the silver medal in the bobsled, that flag behind them flew over Tulsa skies.

"When Elana and Lauren won the Silver Medal they had them there at the podium as soon as they got out of their sled. It was awesome," said David Owens, a Tulsan and former Olympian.

That Old Glory was raised at Tulsa Fire Department Station 4 near downtown and the Tulsa Police Department's Riverside Division.

The American flag relay is a group effort to "capture the spirit and pride of America's first responders...” by flying the stars and stripes all over the country - and then sharing it with members of Team USA.

“It's an honor to make the Olympic team, but then presented with these flags these first responders have invested their time and efforts getting around the country for them they were very appreciative," said Owens.

Owens is in Pyeongchang helping with bobsled operations.

"This is how the sleds come up. They'll pull these four mans off--this is Great Britain and France coming off now," said Owens.

Owens said he worked with Tulsa fire and police to raise Taylor and Gibbs' flag.

“It's been a lot of fun. I'm just happy I'm able to share it a little bit with the people from Oklahoma, with the Tulsa area. It's good. It's a privilege,” said Owens.

Owens said this flag came from Louisiana, passed through Oklahoma and went to Connecticut before its trip to South Korea.

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