There's not much Michael Phelps hasn't done or accomplished at the Olympics. His 18 gold medals, 22 overall medals and five swimming appearances are all records and he'll seek to add to his overall haul beginning on Saturday. But, oddly, there's one simple thing Phelps has never done at the Games. On Friday, he's going to change that, in style.
Team USA voted Phelps the flagbearer for the Rio Opening Ceremony, one of the great honors that can be afforded to an athlete competing under any flag. And, amazingly, when Phelps carries the red, white and blue into the Maracana, it'll be the first time he's ever participated in an Opening Ceremony.
The reasoning behind his previous four Opening Ceremony no-shows is clear: The swimming competition starts hours after the Opening Ceremony ends and to stand for hours the night before you start your Olympics isn't the most advisable training regimen.
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