Share Share: July 29, 2016 August 5, 2016 U.S. Olympic flag bearers through the years 2012: Mariel Zagunis, a two-time Olympic fencing gold medalist, carries the flag at the London Opening Ceremony. 2008: Lopez Lomong, a two-time track and field Olympian, leads the U.S. delegation at the Beijing Games. 2004: Two-time Olympic basketball gold medalist Dawn Staley serves as U.S. flag bearer at the Athens Opening Ceremony. 2000: Two-time Olympic canoe/kayaker Cliff Meidl carries the U.S. flag at the Sydney Games. 1996: Bruce Baumgartner, a four-time Olympic medalist in wrestling, marches ahead of Team USA at the Atlanta Games. 1992: Track and field athlete Francie Larrieu Smith serves as flag bearer at the Barcelona Games. 1988: Four-time Olympic track and field gold medalist Evelyn Ashford was selected to carry the American flag at the Seoul Games. 1976: Swimmer Gary Hall, Sr. serves as U.S. flag bearer at the Montreal Games. 1972: Discus thrower Olga Fiktova Conolloy carries the U.S. flag at the Munich Games. 1968: Jan York-Romary, the first U.S. woman to compete in six Olympic Games, leads the U.S. delegation at the Mexico City Games. 1964: Four-time Olympic shot putter Parry O’Brien carries the American flag at the Tokyo Olympic Opening Ceremony. 1960: Two-time Olympic decathlete Rafer Johnson marches ahead of Team USA at the 1960 Opening Ceremony. 1956: Fencer Norman Cohn Armitage carries the U.S. flag at the Melbourne Games, his second time with the honor. 1952: Six-time Olympic fencer Norman Cohn Amritage leads the U.S. delegation at the Helsinki Games. 1948: Ralph Craig, a 1912 athlete, carries the American flag in the London Olympic Opening Ceremony. 1936: Three-time Olympic gymnast Al Jochim carries the flag for Team USA at the Berlin Games. 1920: Three-time Olympic medalist Pat McDonald leads the U.S. delegation at the Antwerp Games. 1912: Four-time Olympian George Bonhag marches ahead of Team USA at the Stockholm Games. Meet the U.S. athletes who have carried the American flag at the Olympic Opening Ceremony.