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RIO DE JANEIRO — Swimmer Michael Phelps has been chosen as Team USA’s flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Wednesday morning.

He won a vote by other U.S. Olympic team members.

“I’m honored to be chosen, proud to represent the U.S., and humbled by the significance of carrying the flag and all it stands for,” Phelps said, according to the Team USA website. “For Sydney, I just wanted to make the team. For Athens, I wanted to win gold for my country. For Beijing, I wanted to do something nobody else had done. In London, I wanted to make history. And now, I want to walk in the Opening Ceremony, take it all in, represent America in the best possible way and make my family proud. This time around, it’s about so much more than medals.”

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, is set to compete in his fifth competition this year. He hopes to add to his career 22 medals, which includes 18 gold.

He’s slated to compete in the 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter individual medley, and the team relay this year. The 2016 Olympics are set to begin on Friday.

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