James named Australia's Winter Games flagbearer

World champion snowboarder Scotty James will carry the Australian flag at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

The halfpipe star is set to compete in his third Games and was named by chef de Mission Ian Chesterman at a reception ahead of the Games showpiece on Friday evening.

The 23-year-old James, who's a strong medal chance after dominating the discipline in the past year, received the honour after contenders Lydia Lassila, Britt Cox and David Morris pulled out of the ceremony.

Chesterman said at a team reception on Thursday James had "represented us with success right about the world."

"I'm just grateful to be a part of this team," James said after Sochi 2014 closing ceremony flagbearer Morris handed him the flag.

"Everyone's earned the right to be here. We're a forced to be reckoned with.

"It's an absolute privilege and honour. There are so many fantastic athletes from Australia who have done this.

"It doesn't really get much better than this in terms of an Australian athlete on the world stage."

Moguls world champion Cox and medal-winning aerials skiers Lassila and Morris withdrew from the opening ceremony to concentrate on their events.

James will become the third snowboarder after Torah Bright and Alex Pullin to carry the flag.

Fewer than half Australia's 51-strong team are expected to march in the opening ceremony, where minus-five degree temperatures with a -10 wind chill is predicted - warmer than earlier in the week when -16 was recorded.

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