This is SO exciting! Michael Phelps, who has won 18 gold medals over the course of his Olympic career, has been selected as the flag bearer for Team USA during the 2016 Rio Olympics opening ceremony.
He currently holds the world record for the most Olympic medals, and now Michael Phelps, 31, will proudly wave the American flag as he enters the Olympic stadium in Rio, Brazil on Friday, August 5. This is an incredible honor for the swimmer, who has racked up 22 medals — including 18 gold, as previously mentioned. This makes him the most decorated athlete in not just American history, but Olympic history. Insane!
Fans are totally stoked to hear that Michael will be carrying the flag for Team USA, and because of all of their exited tweets the professional swimmer quickly became a trending topic on Twitter. Check out some tweets below:
— Bmore Fan (@egoddess1) August 3, 2016
— Marie (@HeartForCarter) August 3, 2016
When Michael carries the glad into the opening ceremony, he will be wearing an illuminated Team USA jacket designed by Ralph Lauren. The famed designer created all of the looks for Team USA’s 2016 Olympics, but the light-up jacket was a special creation just for the one athlete chosen to carry the flag. The jacket is meant to “light the way” for Team USA as they follow Michael into the massive venue to kick-off the games. So exciting!
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