Bird is 'n basketballegende op wêreld- en klubvlak. Sy kom al in die 2020 Speletjies met vier goue medaljes tot haar eer en is gereed vir 'n ander een hierdie somer. Bird is also a four-time WNBA champion with the Seattle Storm and a five-time Russian National League champion.
She reacted with red, white and blue heart emojis on Twitter once she and Alvarez were announced as the flag bearers.
“It’s an incredible honor to be selected the flag bearer for Team USA,” she said Wednesday. “I know what that means, because I got to witness Dawn Staley go through it when she was selected in 2004. It’s an honor that is bigger than the moment in that you’ve been selected by your fellow Team USA athletes to represent the entire delegation, and it will last forever.”
Bird is the second American female basketball player to carry the flag. Team USA coach Dawn Staley carried the flag when she was a player in the 2004 Olimpiese Spele.
Alvarez won a silver medal in speed skating in 2014 in Sochi. He has balanced the ice and the diamond and made his major league debut with the Miami Marlins in 2020. He’s been in the minor leagues all of 2021.
Alvarez called it a “privilege.”
The 31-year-old is on the Team USA baseball team, which is back in the Olympics after a 13-year hiatus.
Should the U.S. medal in baseball, Alvarez would be the third American to medal in both the Winter and Summer Olympics. Eddie Egan did it in boxing and bobsled, and Lauryn Williams did it in track and field and bobsled.
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