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Simone Biles chosen as USA flag bearer for Rio Closing Ceremony

Gymnastics - Artistic - Olympics: Day 11

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Gold medalist Simone Biles of the United States celebrates on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Women’s Floor on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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There were plenty of deserving options for U.S. flag bearer at the Olympic Closing Ceremony, but in the end there’s only one Simone Biles.

The star gymnast will carry the flag for Team USA on Sunday evening, putting a ribbon on a fantastic Olympics for the United States.


“It’s an incredible honor to be selected as the flag bearer by my Team USA teammates,” Biles told “This experience has been the dream of a lifetime for me and my team and I consider it a privilege to represent my country, the United States Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics by carrying our flag. I also wish to thank the city of Rio de Janeiro, and the entire country of Brazil, for hosting an incredible Games.”

Michael Phelps was the flag bearer at the Olympic Opening Ceremony. He had a decent Games, if you’re into a few dozen career medals.

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