Meet the Olympic Athletes: Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps
Michaels Phelps talks to the media after he competed in the preliminary round of the men's 200-meter individual medley at the the U.S. swimming nationals, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The most decorated Olympic athlete has received another honor. Michael Phelps will carry the U.S. flag at the 2016 Rio Opening Ceremony on Friday, August 5. He was voted flag bearer by a vote of fellow Team USA members.

Phelps, set to compete in his fifth Olympic Games, is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 gold medals, 18 of which are gold. Recently, Phelps was voted one of the six captains for the U.S. swim team, another honor he holds for the first time at the 2016 Games.

“I’m honored to be chosen, proud to represent the U.S., and humbled by the significance of carrying the flag and all it stands for,” Phelps said through a U.S. Olympic Committee statement. “For Sydney, I just wanted to make the team. For Athens, I wanted to win gold for my country. For Beijing, I wanted to do something nobody else had done. In London, I wanted to make history. And now, I want to walk in the Opening Ceremony, take it all in, represent America in the best possible way and make my family proud. This time around, it’s about so much more than medals.”

Phelps,31, came out of retirement to participate in the 2016 Olympics, following a DUI arrest and time in rehab.

 

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