Introducing Team USA’s Tokyo 2021 Flag Bearers: Olympians Sue Bird and Eddy Alvarez


The United States has chosen two stars as the country’s flag bearers for the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony: now-five-time Olympian and four-time WNBA champion Sue Bird and Miami Marlins organization infielder Eddy Alvarez, who also won a silver medal in the 2014 Sochi Winter Games speedskating 5000m relay. This is the first time in Olympic history that countries will include both a woman and man flag bearer in the Opening Ceremony.

“Being a first-generation Cuban-American, my story represents the American Dream,” Alvarez, 31, said in a statement to “My family has sacrificed so much for me to have the opportunity to wave this flag proudly. I am grateful for my time with US Speedskating and USA Baseball, as well as for all of my teammates, and I am humbled to lead Team USA into the Tokyo Olympic Games.”

Bird, 40, stated, “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.” She added: “Also, I know this isn’t about me. This is about all the players who either came before me and set the tone for what the USA Basketball women’s program is now, and also the players that I’ve been fortunate enough to play with.”

According to Team USA, 230-plus athletes out of the 613 named to represent the US at the Tokyo Olympics will walk in the kickoff festivities. Ahead, check out the sweet videos where Bird and Alvarez’s teams find out the news. And, watch the Opening Ceremony at 7 am ET/4 am PT Friday, July 23, on NBC.

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Fall Covid shot rollout gets off to a bumpy start as some patients see insurance delays
Peloton Launches a Collection by a “Project Runway” Alum — and Jess King Is the Muse
Why Backward Walking Should Be Part of Your Workout Routine
Why Does Your Period Blood Smell Metallic or Fishy Sometimes?
The Best Pickleball Shoes, According to Pros, Players, and Reviews

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *