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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.

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Getting to Know the Olympians: Softball Pitchers

If you’ve flipped on ESPN at all this past weekend, you’ve seen the Women’s College World Series. Texas A&M and Arizona State are battling for the championship as I type this. Ridiculously fast pitches, faster baserunners, home runs – you’ve seen it all on the college diamond. If you’ve enjoyed the WCWS at all, you will love Team USA. To give you an idea how good Team USA is, they beat Arizona, the seven seed for the WCWS, 16-0.

Go ahead. Make jokes.

This team doesn’t just dominate collegians; they dominate the world. USA softball has won every gold medal awarded in the Olympics. One of the reasons why the USA is so damn good is the dominant pitching. Get to know these gals – after the jump.

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