American swimmer Michael Phelps is the flag bearer of Team USA in the opening ceremony of this year’s Summer Olympics that will happen in Rio de Janeiro on August 5-21, 2016.
In his fifth and final Olympics, Phelps was voted by his fellow U.S athletes to become the flag bearer of the U.S delegation in the 2016 Rio Olympics. He is the second Olympics swimmer to serve as the flag bearer after Gary Hall did so in Montreal in 1976 Olympics.
“For me to be able to have the opportunity to carry the flag for the United States in the Opening Ceremonies is a dream come true,” Phelps said in a news conference Wednesday.
The 31-year-old veteran swimmer made a world history in the 2008 Beijing Olympics wherein he got 8 gold medals for his country. In 2012 London Olympics, he won 4 gold medals and 2 silver medals. Overall, Phelps has 22 Olympic medals 18 of which are gold.
He is the first American male swimmer to qualify for a fifth Olympics, the second American swimmer overall after Dara Torres.
The Olympic gold medalist will compete in three individual events this 2016 Rio Olympics, but his schedule is not nearly as crowded as it has been in previous competitions.
Michael Phelps is an American professional swimmer or also called the “Flying fish” was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He stands 193 cm or 6 feet and 4 inches. Phelps was first qualify in the 2000 Sydney Olympics at the age of 15, making him the youngest male to make a U.S. Olympic swim team in 68 years. During the 2004 Athens Olympics, he won 6 gold medals and 2 bronze medals.
Phelps is engaged with former Miss California USA, Nicole Johnson. They also have a son named Boomer which they welcomed last May. Johnson and Boomer will be Phelps’ greatest supporters aside from his family and fans this coming Rio Olympics.
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