Former Irish Standout Bears Flag in London

Aug. 22, 2012, 4:26 p.m. (ET)

Two Olympic gold medals. Two World Championship titles. Three consecutive Junior World Cup Championship titles. For Mariel Zagunis, a former member of the Notre Dame fencing team, her list of accomplishments is nothing to shake a sword at.

But this summer, Zagunis added perhaps the most significant accolade of all to her already sterling resume – flag bearer for Team USA at the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics.

Zagunis, who competed in the women’s sabre event, said in a phone interview last week that carrying the flag at the head of the United States delegation was the highlight of her London Games.

“I am still trying to wrap my mind around how big of a deal that was,” Zagunis said. “I think it is not going to hit me for a couple more weeks probably until I look back on my experiences. It is something I am never going to forget.

“It was a huge honor, and I cannot imagine a greater privilege. It is definitely something I am going to tell my kids and my grandkids about..." more>