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The American Michael Phelps, who has 14 gold medals at the Olympics, the athlete would be ideal to be the flag bearer of the United States in London. However, the decision is not so obvious.
This year, the honor of leading the team in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games will be decided through a vote by the 530 athletes that make up the delegation. The captains of the 26 teams nominate a candidate who will be selected based on the experience and results obtained in previous versions of the competition.
"That`s what makes it special, chosen not only to represent the country, but the whole party," said Patrick Sandusky, spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Phelps named but likely would be the swimmer of 27 years, will not even be present at the vote. The American, who will retire after the race, it is the very next day the ceremony and walked all the possibilities of being the flag bearer.
"Unfortunately it will not have this experience because he will swim the next day," said Bob Bowman, coach of Michael Phelps.
Kobe Bryant, Lakers basketball, and Serena Williams, winner of two gold medals (2000 and 2008) are the main favorites to lead the delegation.