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Published: Tue, August 23, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Simone Biles Is Selected As Team USA's Closing Ceremonies Flag Bearer


19-year-old Biles entered the Rio Olympics already a gymnastics legend: four-time national all-around champion, three-time reigning world all-around champion, most decorated US female gymnast ever with 14 total world championship medals, and first African-American gymnast to win the world all-around title. Williams shouted out both Biles and Simone Manuel, who became the first African-American woman to win Olympic gold in an individual swimming event. The women's team included Allyson Felix, who has more Olympic medals than any other American woman in track and field; in fact, when it comes to her six gold medals, the only female U.S. Olympian with more gold than Felix is swimmer Jenny Thompson.

Anyone who's watched the Rio Olympics knows that Biles is the correct person to carry the flag. Every country has sent their best athletes in a variety of events to iconic Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to compete in the summer Olympics. She's the first US gymnast to win four gold medals in a single Olympics.

Biles is the first female gymnast to carry the USA flag at a closing ceremony and is just the second gymnast to carry the flag-Alfred Jochim carried the flag at the Opening Ceremony in 1936.

"It's an incredible honor to be selected as the flag bearer by my Team USA teammates", Biles said to TeamUSA.org.

Rio marked the sixth consecutive time the USA led in the overall medal count and only the seventh time in Olympic history that a nation topped each of the categories - gold, silver and bronze.

The Rio Olympics officially came to a close on Sunday night with the closing ceremony. Nine times since 1995 the USA men have been disqualified or dropped the baton at the Olympics or world championships. And by the time Tokyo rolls around, she's only going to get better. Undefeated for eight years (at world championships and Olympic Games).

Biles and four other athletes also have been on the front and back covers of various Kellogg Co. cereal boxes since mid-June, extending the decades-old tradition of Olympic athletes being featured on cereal boxes.

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