Mariel Zagunis Will Lead Team USA Into Olympic Games

Mariel Zagunis

Brand Thissen/Landov

updated 07/26/2012 AT 11:00 AM ET

originally published 07/27/2012 AT 12:50 PM ET

Late Wednesday evening, Mariel Zagunis learned she would lead Team USA into the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The world fencing champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist – who won her first gold at the tender age of 19, during the 2004 Games in Athens – told the press at Olympic Park that being voted the team’s flag bearer was an honor.

“It really means the world to me. This will be one of my best memories,” said Zagunis, 27.

Team captains at a meeting Wednesday each nominated an athlete for the coveted role. “My representative in fencing was Tim Morehouse. He pitched my story to the rest of the athletes, and I guess he did a really good job.”


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