Simone Biles Was First Gymnast in 80 Years to be US Flag Bearer at Closing Ceremony
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Simone Biles was selected as carry the flag at the closing ceremony after she became the first gymnast in US history to win four gold medals in a single Olympic games. She is the first gymnast since 1936 to act as flag-bearer.

“It’s an incredible honor to be selected as the flag bearer by my Team USA teammates,” Biles told

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“This experience has been the dream of a lifetime for me and my team and I consider it a privilege to represent my country, the United States Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics by carrying our flag. I also wish to thank the city of Rio de Janeiro, and the entire country of Brazil, for hosting an incredible Games,” she said.

Biles shared concerns of the flag being too heavy before the closing ceremony, but she fared like the champion that she is!

Congratulations, Simone!