Who Should Carry the Flag?

In one of the most moving parts of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, the countries’ entire Olympic delegations march in, each led by one of the members of the delegation, carrying their flag. The United States’ flag bearer is elected by the athletes themselves, so my recommendations mean nothing. That will not, however, stop me from making those suggestions.

– Dremiel Byers – More than a Greco-Roman wrestler, Byers is also a staff sergeant in the Army. I couldn’t think of a more fitting tribute to the U.S. than having one of our soldier carry in our flag.

– Eric Shanteau – The breaststroker is putting off surgery for cancer for the games-that shows a pretty single-minded focus on achieving the Olympic dream.

– Lisa Fernandez – The softball pitcher is a four-time Olympian, three time gold medalist, and is a leader for a team that will no longer be able to compete in the Olympics.

– Kate Barber – As captain of the field hockey team, she has played a part in the development of the U.S. as a power. Before this year, the team had not qualified for any Games not played in the U.S.


2 Responses to “Who Should Carry the Flag?”

  1. 1 cj in chicago July 28, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    After today’s news, Raj is the man! This guy deserves all things great coming his way. Seriously, he could not deserve it more. Deserve, based on his talent and scores. Not to mention his dedication and determination. I feel like I could be his proud mama. Met her too in Philly…congratulations mamma and family. See good things do happen to great people!
    Hopefully, Durante will be up next.

  2. 2 Gary Howson November 19, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Great post, very informative. Keep up the good work.


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