TORONTO – Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.) was selected as Team USA’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the XVII Pan American Games, to be held July 10 in Toronto, the United States Olympic Committee announced today. Rhode was chosen by a vote of fellow Team USA members.
Having made her Olympic debut in 1996, Rhode is the only American to win an individual medal in five consecutive Olympic Games. Of her five medals, three are gold (1996 - double trap, 2004 - double trap, 2012 - skeet), one is silver (2008 - skeet) and one bronze (2000 - double trap). Rhode broke the women's skeet Olympic record with a near-perfect score of 99 at the London 2012 Olympic Games. She is also the only woman to win three individual gold medals in the sport of shooting.
“This honor would not have been possible without my teammates and their nomination,” Rhode said. “In all the Olympics and Pan Am Games I’ve competed in, you always remember your first in everything you do. Being selected as a flag bearer, this is a first for me and I’ll cherish it!”
On the Pan Ams stage, Rhode has earned two gold medals (2003 - double trap, 2011 - skeet) and one silver (2007 - skeet), and is seeking her fourth medal in Toronto, where she is Team USA's sole women's skeet competitor.
Rhode is the second shooter to serve as flag bearer for Team USA at the Pan American Games. Lones Wigger also carried the flag in 1975. Wigger earned 18 medals over the course of six Pan American Games.
The 2015 Pan American Games will take place from July 10-26 in Toronto, and for the first time, feature all 28 sports on the Olympic program. The 17-day competition will feature more than 6,000 athletes from all 41 member nations of the Pan American Sports Organization competing in 37 sports, making it the largest multi-sport event ever held in Canada.
U.S. Pan American Team Flag Bearers
1951 Miguel de Capriles, Fencing
1967 Don Schollander, Swimming
1971 Linda Metheny, Gymnastics
1975 Lones Wigger, Shooting
1979 Ann Meyers, Basketball
1983 Denise Curry, Basketball
1987 Jim Abbott, Baseball
1991 Jim Schreiner, Canoe/Kayak
1995 Peter Westbrook, Fencing
1999 Karen Smyers, Triathlon
2003 Carl Eichenlaub, Sailing
2007 Danielle Scott-Arruda, Volleyball
2011 Jason Read, Rowing
2015 Kim Rhode, Shooting