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Fencer Mariel Zagunis to be U.S. flag bearer at opening ceremony

July 25, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Mariel Zagunis wins a fencing competition in October 2011.
Mariel Zagunis wins a fencing competition in October 2011. (Omar Torres / AFP / Getty…)

Two-time Olympic fencing champion Mariel Zagunis will be the flag bearer for the U.S. at Friday's opening ceremony in London. Zagunis was chosen by a vote of fellow Team USA members.

"I'm extremely humbled by this incredible privilege," Zagunis said. "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."

The top-ranked women's saber fencer in the world, Zagunis won gold as a 19-year-old at the Athens Games in 2004 and went on to defend her title in Beijing in 2008 before taking the individual world championship titles in 2009 and 2010.

U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM FLAG BEARERS

1908     Ralph Rose, track & field


1912     George V. Bonhag, track & field


1920     Patrick J. McDonald, track & field


1924     Patrick J. McDonald, track & field


1928     Lemuel (Bud) C. Houser, track & field


1932     F. Morgan Taylor, track & field


1936     Alfred A. Jochim, gymnastics


1948     Ralph C. Craig, yachting


1952     Norman C. Armitage, fencing


1956     Norman C. Armitage, fencing; Warren B. Wooford, equestrian

1960     Rafer L. Johnson, track & field


1964     William Parry O'Brien, track & field


1968     Janice Lee Romary, fencing


1972     Olga Fikotova Connolly, track & field


1976     Gary W. Hall, swimming


1980     U.S. did not attend


1984     Edward Burke, track & field


1988     Evelyn Ashford, track & field


1992     Francie Larrieu Smith, track & field


1996     Bruce Baumgartner, wrestling


2000     Cliff Meidl, canoe/kayak


2004     Dawn Staley, basketball


2008     Lopez Lomong, track & field


2012     Mariel Zagunis, fencing

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