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Simone Biles Will Carry the U.S. Flag for Olympics Closing Ceremonies

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19-year-old Simone Biles could not have had a better Olympic experience. Not only will she retrn to the U.S. with four gold medals, but she was selected Saturday to carry the United States flag during Sunday's Closing Ceremony in Rio.

Biles was tapped for the honor by a vote of U.S. Olympic team members. She will be the first U.S. gymnast to carry the flag during the concluding celebration.

"It's an incredible honor to be selected as the flag bearer by my Team USA teammates," Biles said in a statement from the U.S. Olympic Committee. "This experience has been the dream of a lifetime for me and my team and I consider it a privilege to represent my country, the United States Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics by carrying our flag.



"I also wish to thank the city of Rio de Janeiro, and the entire country of Brazil, for hosting an incredible Games."

Biles and her "Final Five" teammates, winners of the team gold medal by a record margin, elected to stay in the Olympic Village after completing competition and will leave for New York on Monday for a series of promotional appearances before returning to their homes later in the week.

In her first Olympic Games, Biles won the women's team gold medal, the individual all-around and won in vault and floor exercise and she received a bronze medal on balance beam.

Biles is the first female American gymnast to win four gold medals in a single Olympic Games. Ekaterina Szabo of Romania was the last woman to do it in 1984.

Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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