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Kathleen Sharkey Selected As Team USA Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer For Pan American Games Lima 2019

By United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee | July 25, 2019, 6:36 p.m. (ET)

Kathleen Sharkey controls the ball during the Women's FIH Field Hockey Pro League match against Germany on April 30, 2019 in Moenchengladbach, Germany.


LIMA, Peru – Field hockey player Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Pennsylvania) was selected as Team USA’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the XVIII Pan American Games, to be held July 26 in Lima, Peru, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee announced today. Sharkey was chosen to receive the honor by fellow Team USA members.

A member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, Sharkey earned a fifth-place finish at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 – the best finish by a U.S. field hockey team at an Olympic Games since 1984. She was previously a striker at Princeton University from 2008-12, notching a school-record 107 goals and 245 points throughout her prolific career. Sharkey joined the U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey Team in 2011, leading the charge of Team USA’s attack ever since.

“I am very honored to be selected as the flag bearer for Team USA at the Opening Ceremony,” Sharkey said. “There are so many amazing athletes here in Peru and to be able to represent Team USA as the flag bearer is an amazing feeling.”

While this is Sharkey’s first appearance at a Pan American Games, she has extensive experience on the international stage. A two-time Pan American Cup medalist, she was a member of the 2014 Champions Challenge and 2017 World League Semifinals gold medal teams.

Starkey is the first field hockey athlete to serve as flag bearer for Team USA at the Pan American Games.

The 2019 Pan American Games will take place from July 26-Aug. 11 in Lima, featuring 6,700 athletes participating in 39 sports and 61 disciplines. Throughout the 17 days of competition, athletes will showcase their talents in 14 different districts of Lima and Callao.

For more information and photos of Team USA at the 2019 Pan American Games, visit TeamUSA.org/Lima2019 and follow @TeamUSA on Twitter.

U.S. Pan American Team Flag Bearers

  • 1951    Miguel de Capriles, Fencing
  • 1955    Unknown
  • 1959    Unknown
  • 1963    Unknown
  • 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
  • 2019    Kathleen Sharkey, Field Hockey

About the USOPC

Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The USOPC is focused on protecting, supporting and empowering America’s athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.

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