Four-time Olympian Kara Winger will serve as the flag bearer for the United States at the Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony Sunday, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced Friday.
Winger, a javelin thrower and graduate of Skyview High School in Vancouver, was chosen in a vote of fellow Team USA athletes. She is the fourth track and field athlete to lead the Americans into the closing ceremony.
“This cannot be real life,” Winger posted on Instagram. “It’s a dream I didn’t know to dream. I’m pretty good with words, but my appreciation for this overwhelming honor might be beyond description.”
Winger, 35, placed 17th in the women’s javelin in Tokyo. She also served as one of two team captains for the U.S. track and field team at these Olympics.
“It’s an incredible honor to be selected by my fellow Team USA athletes to be our flag bearer,” Winger said in a statement. “There’s no better way to conclude my career as an Olympic athlete than to lead the U.S. team into the closing ceremony.”
The closing ceremony will be broadcast live on Peacock, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app at 4 a.m. Pacific time Sunday. It will also re-air as part of NBC’s primetime coverage at 5 p.m. PT Sunday.
U.S Olympic team flag bearers – closing ceremony (summer only)
1952: Bob Kurland, basketball
1956: Pete Rademacher, boxing
1960: Mike Troy, swimming
1964: Don Schollander, swimming
1968: Al Oerter, track and field
1972: Mike Burton, swimming
1976: Willie Davenport, track and field
1984: Jeff Blatnick, wrestling
1988: Terry Schroeder, water polo
1992: Peter Westbrook, fencing
1996: Michael Matz, equestrian
2000: Rulon Gardner, wrestling
2004: Mia Hamm, soccer
2008: Khatuna Lorig, archery
2012: Bryshon Nellum, track and field
2016: Simone Biles, gymnastics
2020: Kara Winger, track and field