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nationals of swimming at the Northside Swim Center, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in San Antonio. Phelps is scheduled to compete in four events. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Eric Gay
The Parade of Nations is an iconic part of the Olympic Games opening ceremony and this year, one of America’s most iconic athletes is leading Team USA into the stadium.
Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, was selected as flag bearer for Team USA and will lead the group into Friday’s Opening Ceremonies at Rio’s Maracana Stadium. Phelps was selected by his fellow members of Team USA.
“It’s something I’m obviously looking forward to,” Phelps said on the Today Show. “There’s definitely going to be a lot of emotions. It’s a huge honor to me.”
Phelps is the first swimmer since Gary Hall in 1976 to carry to flag during opening ceremonies.
Phelps and the other Olympians will be wearing red, white and blue outfits designed by Polo Ralph Lauren. Phelps’ outfit will be specially fitted with an electroluminescent panels for a special feature.