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Fencing Champ Zagunis to be US Olympic Flag Bearer

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Fencer Mariel Zagunis poses for a portrait during the USOC Portrait Shoot at Smashbox West Hollywood on November 16, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images for USOC)

Fencer Mariel Zagunis poses for a portrait during the USOC Portrait Shoot at Smashbox West Hollywood on November 16, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images for USOC)

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LONDON (AP) — Two-time Olympic fencing champion Mariel Zagunis will carry the U.S. flag in the opening ceremony of the London Games.

The U.S. Olympic Committee says Zagunis won a vote of the 529-strong team ahead of Friday’s ceremony.

Zagunis says she is “extremely humbled by this incredible privilege.”

She was the first American to win a fencing gold in 100 years at the 2004 Athens Games.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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