Kendall Yount

Kendall Yount

U.S. flag bearer Kendall Yount wins Youth Olympic gold

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Kendall Yount accomplished a feat Thursday no U.S. Olympian has done since 1960, carrying the U.S. flag at a Summer Opening Ceremony and winning an individual gold medal at the same Games.

The Youth Olympian won taekwondo gold in Nanjing, China, beating Uzbekistan’s Umida Abdullaeva 4-2 in the final, five days after carrying the Stars and Stripes into the Olympic Sports Center.

Yount, 16, was voted to be the flag bearer by fellow members of the 92-athlete U.S. delegation.

She is the reigning Pan American champion, a four-time junior national champion and won this year’s U.S. Open and USA Taekwondo National Team Trials.

She is also the only American entered in taekwondo at the Youth Olympics.

The last U.S. Olympic Opening Ceremony flag bearer to win a gold medal was basketball player Dawn Staley in 2000. The last U.S. Olympic Opening Ceremony flag bearer to win a gold medal in an individual event was speed skater Dianne Holum in 1972. The last U.S. Olympic Opening Ceremony flag bearer to win a gold medal in an individual event in a Summer Games was decathlete Rafer Johnson in 1960.

The Youth Olympics continue with coverage on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday and 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

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U.S. names flag bearer for Youth Olympics Opening Ceremony

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Kendall Yount, a 16-year-old taekwondo athlete, will carry the U.S. flag at the Youth Olympics Opening Ceremony in Nanjing, China, on Saturday night.

“It is a great honor to carry the flag at the Opening Ceremony and to represent my country both in and outside of competition at the Youth Olympic Games,” Yount said in a press release. “I am humbled to have been selected by my peers and excited to represent Team USA.”

Yount was chosen in a vote by fellow members of the 92-athlete U.S. delegation.

Yount is the reigning Pan American champion, a four-time junior national champion and won this year’s U.S. Open and USA Taekwondo National Team Trials.

She is also the only American entered in taekwondo at the Youth Olympics.

The Youth Olympics Opening Ceremony starts at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday. NBC Olympics and Universal Sports’ coverage of the Games also begins Saturday (full coverage plans here). NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will have Opening Ceremony coverage at 6 p.m. ET.

The Nanjing Youth Olympics will include about 3,800 athletes in 222 events across 32 sports over 13 days of competition. Athletes are between the ages of 14 and 18.

U.S. roster for Youth Olympics includes London Olympian