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Michael Phelps will carry the US flag during Rio Opening Ceremony

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The most decorated Olympian in history will carry the United States flag in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Friday.

Michael Phelps was announced as Team USA's flag bearer Wednesday, according to a news release from the United States Olympic Committee.

https://twitter.com/TeamUSA/status/760820786986754048

Phelps, who be swimming in his fifth Olympic Games this year, was picked to carry the flag by fellow Team USA members. He has 22 medals, including 18 golds.

"I want to walk in the Opening Ceremony, take it all in, represent America in the best possible way and make my family proud. This time around, it's about so much more than medals," Phelps said, according to the release.

This year's games will take place from Aug. 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – it's the first Olympic Games to be held in South America.

For information on how to watch the games – on TV and online – click here.

11 Minnesotans on Team USA

Of the 554 athletes on Team USA this year, 11 of them call Minnesota home:

  • Garrett Bender of Minneapolis – rugby, forward
  • Andy Bisek of Chaska – wrestling, Greco-Roman
  • Ben Blankenship of Stillwater – track and field, 1,500 meters
  • Kelly Catlin of Arden Hills – cycling, team pursuit
  • Kiana Eide of St. Francis – gymnastics, rhythmic group
  • Kathryn Johnson of Hopkins – rugby, center
  • Gwen Jorgensen of St. Paul – triathlon
  • Paula Lynn Obanana of Minneapolis – badminton, doubles
  • David Plummer of Minneapolis – swimming, 100 meter backstroke
  • Alise Post of St. Cloud – cycling, BMX
  • Lindsay Whalen of Hutchinson – basketball, guard

Whalen is among the three Minnesota Lynx players who will be competing for Team USA's basketball team. The others: Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles. Read more about the "best team you've never heard of" here.

There are 292 women on Team USA, marking the most women who have competed for any nation at a single Olympics. And for the second time in history, the U.S. Olympic Team features more women than men, according to the U.S. Olympic Committee's website.

Team USA will be competing in 27 different sports (40 disciplines) – that gives the United States 244 different chances to take home a medal (out of the 306 medal events).

Here's a really long infographic for more information on this year's Olympic team:

 (Photo: U.S. Olympic Committee)

(Photo: U.S. Olympic Committee)

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