Being Team USA Flag Bearer still gives Mariel Zagunis goosebumps


Mariel Zagunis has been to four Olympics and has won four medals - two gold and two bronze - but one of her favorite memories came from when the athletes of Team USA nominated her to be the country's flag bearer for the opening ceremonies at the 2012 London Olympics.

"To be selected to represent all of Team USA, which is filled with absolutely incredible super stars, athletes, people who have incredible stories, to be chosen to represent them in the front of that pack was a real, real huge honor for me." - Olympian Mariel Zagunis

View her full profile at Team USA


Honoring Olympians and Paralympians from Oregon and Washington is presented by the area’s local Toyota dealers and produced by NBC Sports Northwest.  The series features personal athlete profiles highlighting various aspects of their lives and careers.

Athletes include:

  • Long-distance runner and five-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp
  • Decathlete and 1992 Olympic bronze medalist Dave Johnson 
  • Fencer and four-time Olympic medalist Mariel Zagunis
  • Sled hockey player and 2014 Paralympic gold medalist Rico Roman
  • Goalball player and two-time Paralympic medalist Jen Armbruster

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