Michael Phelps selected as U.S. flag bearer for Rio Olympics

    Michael Phelps reacts after booking his place on the U.S. swimming team for the 2016 Olympic Games.

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    • "I'm honored to be chosen, proud to represent the U.S.," Michael Phelps says
    • He is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 career medals, including 18 gold

    (CNN)Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, has been selected as the U.S. flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games by a vote of fellow Team USA members.

    The U.S. Olympic Committee made the announcement Wednesday morning.
      "I'm honored to be chosen, proud to represent the U.S., and humbled by the significance of carrying the flag and all it stands for," Phelps said in a statement.
      "For Sydney, I just wanted to make the team. For Athens, I wanted to win gold for my country. For Beijing, I wanted to do something nobody else had done. In London, I wanted to make history. And now, I want to walk in the opening ceremony, take it all in, represent America in the best possible way and make my family proud. This time around, it's about so much more than medals."