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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.


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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