Kara Winger competes in the women's javelin throw at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Aug. 3, 2021 in Tokyo.
TOKYO - The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee today announced that four-time Olympian Kara Winger was selected to lead the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team into the Closing Ceremony as flag bearer on Sunday, Aug. 8 at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.
Chosen by a vote of fellow Team USA athletes, Winger is the fourth track and field athlete to lead the U.S. delegation in the Closing Ceremony and the first since 2012 when Bryshon Nellum carried the flag.
“It’s an incredible honor to be selected by my fellow Team USA athletes to be our flag bearer,” said Winger. “There’s no better way to conclude my career as an Olympic athlete than to lead the U.S. team into the Closing Ceremony. On behalf of Team USA, we want to thank the Tokyo Organizing Committee, the people of Tokyo and the country of Japan for hosting these Olympic Games and bringing the world back together again through sport.”
One of two captains for the U.S. track and field team in Tokyo, Winger placed 17th in the javelin competition in Tokyo, marking her second-best career performance at an Olympic Games.
NBC Olympics will provide full coverage of the Closing Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics this Sunday, Aug. 8, culminating on NBC with the primetime presentation of the Closing Ceremony at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Peacock, NBC Olympics.com, and the NBC Sports app will provide live coverage of the Closing Ceremony on Sunday at 7 a.m. ET/4 a.m. PT.
Team USA fans can continue to watch U.S. athletes as the Paralympic Games begin Aug. 24 and conclude Sept. 6. NBCUniversal will showcase an unprecedented 1,200 hours of Paralympic programming of the Tokyo Games presented by Toyota including the network’s first-ever primetime broadcasts, more than 200 hours of TV coverage among NBC, NBCSN and the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, and over 1,000 hours of live streaming across 19 sports on NBC’s digital platforms. The coverage showcases the network’s continued commitment for the Paralympic Movement, which has grown from 70 hours for Rio 2016 and 5.5 total hours for London 2012.
U.S Olympic Team Flag Bearers – Closing Ceremony (summer only)
1952 Bob Kurland, Basketball
1956 Pete Rademacher, Boxing
1960 Mike Troy, Swimming
1964 Don Schollander, Swimming
1968 Al Oerter, Track and Field
1972 Mike Burton, Swimming
1976 Willie Davenport, Track and Field
1984 Jeff Blatnick Wrestling
1988 Terry Schroeder, Water Polo
1992 Peter Westbrook, Fencing
1996 Michael Matz, Equestrian
2000 Rulon Gardner, Wrestling
2004 Mia Hamm, Soccer
2008 Khatuna Lorig, Archery
2012 Bryshon Nellum, Track and Field
2016 Simone Biles, Gymnastics
2020 Kara Winger, Track and Field