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Fencer Mariel Zagunis Chosen As Flag bearer for Team USA at Opening Ceremony

By Austin Amuzie - Thursday, July 26, 2012

Two-time Olympic gold medal-winning fencer Mariel Zagunis will get the honor of carrying the United States flag during Friday's Olympic Opening Ceremony. She was chosen by her Team USA teammates. Previous flag bearers have included runner Lopez Lomong, wrestler Bruce Baumgartner and decathlete Rafer Johnson.


In a Statement Zagunis said, "I'm extremely humbled by this incredible privilege,".  "As an athlete, I can't imagine a higher honor than to lead Team USA into the Olympic Games, which are the pinnacle of sport and a platform for world peace. I am tremendously proud to represent my sport, our team and, most importantly, the United States of America."


Zagunis won gold in Athens after barely qualifying for the Games. It was the first U.S. gold in fencing in 100 years. In Beijing, she was seeded sixth and won gold again, giving the U.S. its first gold of the 2008 Olympics. This time around, Zagunis is going into her Aug. 1 saber competition as the favorite.

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