Former Notre Dame fencer Mariel Zagunis will carry the United States flag at the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. (Photo Courtesy: Notre Dame)

Former Notre Dame fencer Mariel Zagunis will carry the United States flag at the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. (Photo Courtesy: Notre Dame) (July 25, 2012)

Former University of Notre Dame fencer, Mariel Zagunis will be the flag bearer for the United States Olympic Team at the Opening Ceremony on Friday night in London, England.

 

“I’m extremely humbled by this incredible privilege,” Zagunis said. “As an athlete, I can’t imagine a higher honor than to lead Team USA into the Olympic Games, which are the pinnacle of sport and a platform for world peace. I am tremendously proud to represent my sport, our team and, most importantly, the United States of America.”

 

Zagunis became the first United States fencer in 100 years to earn an Olympic gold medal at the 2004 Athens Games.  Zagunis successfully defended her Olympic title in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics, joining U.S. women’s soccer player s Shannon Boxx (’99) and Kate (sobrero) Markgraf(’98) as former Notre Dame athletes to win two Olympic gold medals.

 

Zagunis also earned a bronze medal in the 2008 team sabre competition.