FILE PHOTO: 2016 Rio Olympics – Basketball – Preliminary – Girls’s Preliminary Spherical Group B USA v Serbia – Youth Area – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 10/08/2016 Sue Chicken (USA) of USA competes. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
July 21, 2021
(Reuters) – Basketball participant Sue Chicken and baseball participant Eddy Alvarez can be Workforce USA’s flag bearers at this week’s opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee mentioned on Wednesday.
Chicken, a four-times Olympic champion, and Alvarez, who gained a silver in velocity skating on the 2014 Sochi Video games, had been chosen by fellow Workforce USA athletes and are the primary duo to share the honour of main the delegation into the opening ceremony.
Chicken, 40, is the primary basketball participant to be named flag bearer since Daybreak Staley, coach of the present group, in 2004.
“It’s an unbelievable honour to be chosen the flag bearer for Workforce USA,” mentioned Chicken. “I do know what which means as a result of I bought to witness Daybreak Staley undergo it when she was chosen in 2004.
“It’s an honour that’s larger than the second in that you just’ve been chosen by your fellow Workforce USA athletes to signify your complete delegation, and it’ll final eternally.”
Alvarez, a first-generation Cuban-American, additionally brings Olympic expertise to Tokyo having gained silver as a part of the 5,000-meter four-man quick observe velocity skating group in Sochi.
“My household has sacrificed a lot for me to have the chance to wave this flag proudly,” mentioned Alvarez.
“I’m grateful for my time with US Speedskating and USA Baseball, in addition to for all of my teammates, and I’m humbled to steer Workforce USA into the Tokyo Olympic Video games.”
America will ship a group of 613 athletes to the Tokyo Summer season Video games, its second largest delegation ever for an Olympics, trailing solely the 648 who had been named to the group for the 1996 Atlanta Video games.
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Modifying by Christian Radnedge)