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LONDON – Two-time Olympic champion fencer Mariel Zagunis was selected Wednesday by the U.S. Olympic Committee to carry the flag and lead the 529-member U.S. team into Friday's opening ceremony.

Mariel Zagunis, a two-time gold medalist in fencing, won a vote of U.S. team members and will carry the flag on Friday in the London Games opening ceremony.

Mariel Zagunis, a two-time gold medalist in fencing, won a vote of U.S. team members and will carry the flag on Friday in the London Games opening ceremony.

The U.S. Olympic Committee says Zagunis won a vote of team members ahead of Friday's ceremony.

"I'm extremely humbled by this incredible privilege," Zagunis said. "As an athlete, I can't imagine a higher honor than to lead Team USA into the Olympic Games, which are the pinnacle of sport and a platform for world peace. I am tremendously proud to represent my sport, our team and, most importantly, the United States of America."

USOC chief executive officer Scott Blackmun offered his congratulations.

"It's especially fitting in the year of the 40th anniversary of Title IX, when Team USA for the first time in history has more women than men, that Mariel receive the extraordinary honor that is carrying our nation's flag into this celebration of humanity," he said.

In 2004, Zagunis became the first U.S. fencer to win gold at an Olympic Games in 100 years. She went on to defend her title in Beijing in 2008, then won individual world championship titles in 2009 and 2010. During the 2011 competition schedule, she added seven individual international medals, including silver at the world championships and gold at the Pan American Games. In 2012, she has earned eight international medals.

Zagunis will compete in the individual sabre competition starting Aug. 1, 2012.

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