Simone Biles chosen as USA flag bearer for Rio Closing Ceremony

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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.