- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Eighteen-time gold-medal winner Michael Phelps has been chosen by his teammates to carry the American flag at Friday’s opening ceremonies in Rio de Janeiro, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Wednesday.

 

Mr. Phelps will be only the second swimmer to lead the United States into the opening ceremony, after Gary Hall in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

“I’m honored to be chosen, proud to represent the U.S., and humbled by the significance of carrying the flag and all it stands for,” Mr. Phelps said in a statement, CNN reported.

According to Olympic.org, the official website for the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Phelps, 31, will be competing in just three events in this year’s summer games: the men’s 200-meter butterfly on Monday, followed by the 200-meter individual medley Wednesday and the 100-meter butterfly Thursday.

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