Sue Bird, Eddy Alvarez selected as U.S. flag bearers for Opening Ceremony

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The United States’ flag bearers for the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics were selected.

It used to be introduced on Wednesday morning’s episode of ‘TODAY’ that ladies’s basketball celebrity Sue Bird and baseball playerEddy Alvarez would lead the U.S. out of the tunnel for the Opening Ceremony.

This would be the first time in Olympic historical past that taking part countrieswill every come with each a female and male athlete sporting the flag for the Opening Ceremony.

Bird is likely one of the maximum embellished girls’s basketball avid gamers in historical past. The40-year-old is a four-time WNBA champion and has helped information Team USA to 4 Olympic gold medals in girls’s basketball, on most sensible of 4 further gold medals on the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.

Alvarez, 31, is an infielder for the Miami Marlins group, however rose to status on the Sochi Olympics when he received a silver medal briefly monitor velocity skating. He is the primary Winter Olympian ever to look in a Major League Baseball sport, and the primary person since Jim Thorpe to compete within the Olympics (in an tournament rather then baseball) and MLB. Thorpe received two gold medals within the 1912 Stockholm Olympics in vintage pentathlon and decathlon. A yr later, he signed with the New York Giants and performed six MLB seasons.

“I think that’s the best part,” Bird advised ‘TODAY’ of being decided on by way of her friends as a flag bearer.

“To have your peers be the one to kind of see your career and pick you to be the one to lead us in. People always ask me what my favorite Olympic moment is, and it’s always been that in 2004, my teammate at the time, who’s now my coach,Dawn Staley, she was selected as the flag bearer. And we got to be in the front with her, and that’s always been my favorite moment outside of winning, obviously. So to actually be named that now is mind-blowing.”

Bird and Alvarez will perform the American flag in combination whenthe Opening Ceremony starts at 7 a.m. ET on Friday, July 23.


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