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Fencing champ Zagunis to be US Olympic flag bearer

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BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV/AP) -

Two-time Olympic fencing champion Mariel Zagunis will carry the U.S. flag in the opening ceremony of the London Games.

The U.S. Olympic Committee says Zagunis won a vote of the 529-strong team ahead of Friday's ceremony.

Zagunis says she is "extremely humbled by this incredible privilege."

She was the first American to win a fencing gold in 100 years at the 2004 Athens Games.

The last five athletes to carry the U.S. flag have been:

  • 1992 Francie Larrieu Smith, Track & Field
  • 1996 Bruce Baumgartner, Wrestling
  • 2000 Cliff Meidl, Canoe/Kayak
  • 2004 Dawn Staley, Basketball
  • 2008 Lopez Lomong, Track & Field

Copyright 2012 KPTV (Meredith Corporation.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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