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Boxer Claressa Shields Selected As Closing Ceremony Flag Bearer For 2015 U.S. Pan American Team

By United States Olympic Committee | July 25, 2015, 11:04 a.m. (ET)

Claressa Shields stands atop the podium after winning her gold medal in the women's middleweight division at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games on July 24, 2015 in Oshawa, Ontario.

TORONTO – Women’s middleweight boxer Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) was selected to lead Team USA into Sunday’s (July 26) Closing Ceremony as flag bearer, as announced today by the United States Olympic Committee. Shields was chosen by a vote of fellow U.S. Pan American Team members.

"I'm so honored to have been chosen by my fellow Team USA athletes to be the flag bearer," Shields said. "There were so many great nominees for this honor and it is a privilege to carry the our flag in the Closing Ceremony. I'm really excited."

Making her Pan Am Games debut, Shields went undefeated to win the women’s middleweight gold medal, adding to her growing list of international accolades, which also includes Olympic gold in 2012 and a world title in 2014. The victory also marked another historic win for Shields, who became the first American to win titles in women’s boxing at both the Olympic and Pan American Games. At age 17, she won the first ever Olympic gold medal in the women’s middleweight division in London. Three years later, the 2013-14 international boxer of the year is seeking her second Olympic berth and the chance to defend her Olympic title in Rio de Janeiro.

Following 17 days of competition, the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games will conclude with the Closing Ceremony, scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m. at the Pan American Ceremonies Venue. Featuring headline performances by Serena Ryder, Pitbull and Kanye West, and drawn from music throughout the Americas and Caribbean, the Closing Ceremony will also include the Parade of Nations, the official handover of the Games to the next host city, Lima, Peru, and the extinguishing of the Pan Am flame from the cauldron at the foot of the CN Tower.

Watch the Pan American Games on the networks of ESPN.

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