Eddy Alvarez and Sue Bird led Team USA as the flag-bearers during the Opening Ceremony for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo on Friday.
Alvarez and Bird were revealed on Wednesday as the people selected to carry the honor of bearing the United States flag. They executed their roles with pride during the Opening Ceremony on Friday:
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@TeamUSA are here!
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Bird is a women’s basketball legend and has long represented the U.S. proudly at the Olympic Games. The 40-year-old guard has helped Team USA win gold medals in four consecutive Olympics and is looking to make it five this year at Tokyo.
Alvarez, 31, has a very cool story. The Miami native is both an accomplished speed skater and baseball player. He won the silver medal in the 5,000-meter relay at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. In 2014, Alvarez switched from speed skating to attempting a career in professional baseball. He worked his way through the minors and made his MLB debut last year for the Miami Marlins. He is a part of this year’s national baseball team competing at the Olympics.