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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Sue Bird, Eddie Alvarez selected to carry American flag at Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony

Four-time Olympic women’s basketball gold medalist Sue Bird and baseball player Eddie Alvarez were chosen as the US flag bearers for the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday night.

Alvarez, who won a silver medal in speedskating at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and Byrd were selected by votes from fellow American athletes. They are the first pair to share the honor of leading the delegation at the ceremony.

Byrd is the second American female basketball player to carry the flag, joining current coach Don Staley, who did so at the 2004 Games. They were the first in which Bird participated.

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