Simone Biles Selected as Team USA’s Closing Ceremony Flag Bearer

RIO DE JANEIRO – Four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles was selected to lead the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team into Sunday’s (Aug. 21) Closing Ceremony as flag bearer, as announced today by the United States Olympic Committee. Biles was chosen by a vote of fellow Team USA members.

In her Olympic debut, Biles won team and individual gold medals in the women’s all-around, vault and floor exercise, also adding a fifth medal – bronze – on balance beam. She became the first American gymnast to win four golds at a single Games and one of only four women to accomplish the feat in Olympic history, joining Larissa Latynina (1956), Vera Caslavska (1968) and Ekaterina Szabo (1984).

“It’s an incredible honor to be selected as the flag bearer by my Team USA teammates,” said Biles. “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.”

Widely considered the best gymnast of her generation, Biles’ Olympic medal haul extended her U.S. record to 18 individual medals combined in world and Olympic competition over the last three years. Her historic performance propelled the U.S. women’s gymnastics team to a total of nine medals in Rio, surpassing the team’s previous high of eight from the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. The nine medals are the most won by any women’s team since the Soviet Union claimed 10 medals at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

Biles is only the second gymnast to serve as Team USA’s flag bearer, in either the Opening or Closing Ceremony, and the first-ever female gymnast to earn the honor. Alfred Jochim is the only other American gymnast to previously serve as flag bearer, leading the U.S. delegation into the Opening Ceremony of the 1936 Olympic Games.

U.S Olympic Team Flag Bearers – Closing Ceremony 

1952     Bob Kurland, Basketball
1956     Pete Rademacher, Boxing
1960     Mike Troy, Swimming
1964     Don Schollander, Swimming
1968     Al Oerter, Track and Field
1972     Mike Burton, Swimming
1976     Willie Davenport, Track and Field
1984     Jeff Blatnick Wresting
1988     Terry Schroeder, Water Polo
1992     Peter Westbrook, Fencing
1996     Michael Matz, Equestrian
2000     Rulon Gardner, Wrestling
2004     Mia Hamm, Soccer
2008     Khatuna Lorig, Archery
2012     Bryshon Nellum, Track and Field
2016     Simone Biles, Gymnastics

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Given that Michael Phelps did the opening ceremony, not a surprise another swimmer wasn’t picked despite their impressive medal counts. Congrats to her!


Or given the fact all the other American Olympians are probably not appreciative the embarrassment a few individuals from USA swimming caused them as fellow Americans.


I heard Conger was in the lead until LochteGate.

Robbed again!

Sergey v

Nah. It was a good decision. Conger has slow reaction time start.


I’m Swiss, so my opinion doesn’t mean much, but if it weren’t Biles, I would’ve nominated Maya Dirado. Though she’s probably started her job by now.


Hey Swiss fan , DiRado is postponing her job – get back to reality check


they postponed her job? sorry, I didn’t see the original story. She’s awesome, so I’m sure she’ll land on her feet.

Yabo Squandrant

She postponed it


oh okay, that makes more sense. good to see she’s gonna focus on Tokyo now 🙂

Attila the Hunt

Unfortunately not until Tokyo.
McKinsey has given her few months so she can cash in her accomplished fame and success. For the next few months she can do endorsements, appearances, speaking engagements etc.

Lane Four

By then she may not want to go back. Who knows what her possibilities are now.


Its all fine – she probably beleives she can follow up her amazing performaces in Rio

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