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Megi
07-25-2012, 09:04 PM
So it's Yi Jianlian for China.

As a huge NBA and Dallas Mavs fan, I say :cheer:!

Jem X
07-25-2012, 09:33 PM
Mariel Zagunis (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/zagunis-still-rarity-u-olympics-fencing-221044301--spt.html) (fencing) for the US (per NBC News twitter)

Phil Hersh's interview with her back in June. She cooked him lunch.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-06-30/sports/ct-spt-0701-olympics-mariel-zagunis-fencing--20120701_1_ed-korfanty-mariel-zagunis-bus-bench

Rob
07-25-2012, 09:45 PM
Mariel Zagunis (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/zagunis-still-rarity-u-olympics-fencing-221044301--spt.html) (fencing) for the US (per NBC News twitter)

Oh cool, I remember when she won in Athens - I was watching with my brother at a sports bar and Zagunis was so surprised at her own win. It was a great moment. I did fencing in college so it was great to see.

Jayar
07-25-2012, 09:57 PM
Oh cool, I remember when she won in Athens - I was watching with my brother at a sports bar and Zagunis was so surprised at her own win. It was a great moment. I did fencing in college so it was great to see.

A FANTASTIC choice.

Garden Kitty
07-25-2012, 10:18 PM
Mariel has also established a fund to help develop her sport and increase participation by women. (http://todayinlondonblog.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/25/12951000-team-usa-flag-bearer-dreams-of-owning-a-pig)

SHARPIE
07-25-2012, 10:36 PM
Have the USA announced yet? Or are they still being Disco Divas about it?


OK just read above link :lol:

Still Diva :P

skatingfan5
07-25-2012, 10:40 PM
Have the USA announced yet? Or are they still being Disco Divas about it?^^^ A half dozen posts up thread -- Mariel Zagunis (fencing OGM in Athens).

Oops -- never mind. (I was interrupted mid post by a co-worker telling me that she had just accepted a new job.)

A.H.Black
07-26-2012, 12:43 AM
Nice choice - if only because the US fencing was not very good for many years. Now both the men's and women's teams are excellent.

Spareoom
07-26-2012, 05:24 AM
Fantastic choice! :D It seems like the last few Olympics they chose Olympians who weren't that well-known, but I definitely know who Mariel is. Her win in Athens was pretty big, and I remember her being in the newspaper because I was visiting in Oregon at the time near her hometown. And then when she won AGAIN in Beijing, it was just really cool. She's been a real ground-breaker for US Women's Fencing and she deserves the honor of bearing the flag. :)

Karen-W
07-26-2012, 06:35 AM
Woohooo! That's awesome for Mariel! Oregon's representing!

Angelskates
07-26-2012, 10:30 PM
Lauren Jackson for Australia :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2:

gingercrush
07-26-2012, 10:39 PM
Great choice for Australia.

New Zealand has chosen Nick Willis to be flagbearer. He won Bronze in the 1500m in Beijing which was upgraded to Silver as the winner was found to have abused substances. Apparently just 39 athletes for NZ will be in the opening ceremony. I've often wondered whether the first day of competition shouldn't be a more quiet affair so more athletes can participate in the opening ceremony.

misskarne
07-27-2012, 02:45 AM
Lauren Jackson for Australia :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2:

Great choice! :rollin:

SmallFairy
07-27-2012, 06:08 AM
Rolf Göran Bengtson, equestrian, for Sweden.

Norway finally decided on Mira Verås Larsen, a paddler. Her husband Erik is more known, as he has actually won something in earlier Olympics lol, but Mira is really sweet, and her great grandfather won Norways first Olympic gold ever, in 1906. She's not competing until later tough, she preparing at home, and flies to London just to carry the flag!

Garden Kitty
07-27-2012, 08:20 PM
Adrien Niyonshuti (cyclist) for Rwanda (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/niyonshuti-to-carry-rwandan-flag-in-olympic-games-opening-ceremony)