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"This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com. Michael Phelps’ mom, Debbie, was dozing off Tuesday night, resting up for the long flight to Rio, when a text came in from the greatest swimmer of all time, telling her to wake up early for a “big announcement.” Then, giddy, he couldn’t hold back any longer. “I was elected to be the standard bearer,” he typed.", www.ew.com
"RIO DE JANEIRO — Michael Phelps has a lot of memorable moments at the Olympics.This one ranks right up there.Adding another honor to his remarkable career, Phelps was chosen to carry the U.S. flag in Friday night’s opening ceremony at Maracana Stadium.The pick seemed obvious — Phelps, after all, is the most decorated athlete in Olympic history and will be competing in his fifth Summer Games — but he was clearly overwhelmed Wednesday after being selected in a vote of American athletes representing each sport.", cjonline.com
"Teammate and longtime rival Ryan Lochte, who is rooming with Phelps in the Olympic village, predicts the 31-year-old Phelps will be back in the pool for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Once you compete on this stage at the Olympics, that passion, that excitement, that thrill of racing the top people in the world, when that goes away, you miss it. Three-time World Cup soccer champion Pele says he was invited to light the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, but sponsorship deals could stop him from performing the prestigious task. Speaking at an event in Rio, Pele said he was invited to light the cauldron by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach and Rio 2016 organizing committee chairman Carlos Arthur Nuzman. Philip Wilkinson, a spokesman for the Rio 2016 organizing committee, did not confirm the information, saying the identity of the person lighting the cauldron was supposed to be a surprise. Pele, 75, said he has a commitment to a", www.timesunion.com
"RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Michael Phelps kept saying this would definitely be his final Olympics. With that, the media in the packed interview room erupted in gasps and laughter, cutting off Phelps in mid-sentence as he talked about the chance to share the Olympics with his infant son, Boomer. Teammate and longtime rival Ryan Lochte, who is rooming with Phelps in the Olympic village, predicts the 31-year-old Phelps will be back in the pool for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Once you compete on this stage at the Olympics, that passion, that excitement, that thrill of racing the top people in the world, when that goes away, you miss it.", www.sfchronicle.com
"Melanie Behringer scored a pair of goals as three-time bronze medalist Germany routed newcomer Zimbabwe 6-1 in the women's Olympic soccer tournament at the Rio Games. The two-time world champions opened a two-goal lead with Sara Dabritz in the 22nd and Alexandra Popp in the 36th before Kudakwashe Basopo scored for Zimbabwe in the 50th. Worried IOC members are grilling the Rio de Janeiro Games organizers about traffic jams, water pollution, security and the absence of signage to give the games its own distinct look. Nuzman and Levy tried to be reassuring but acknowledged it had been 'very difficult' to prepare South America's first games, which have been plagued by slow ticket sales and worries over the Zika virus, crime and security, and costs. The IOC asked the international sports federations to decide which Russian athletes could compete following the scandal over state-sponsored doping. The Canadian women's soccer team took only 20 seconds to make a", www.sfgate.com
"Every four years, the United States gets to tell a distinctly American story in a very unique way — by selecting a flag bearer for the Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony. This year, the U.S. chose a story that has been told before. The selection of Michael Phelps, as decided by athlete vote, is certainly", sports.yahoo.com
"It’s hard to believe that there were unchecked items on Michael Phelps’ Olympic Bucket List, but there were. In a flourish, the most decorated Olympian has now rounded out the greatest of all five-ring résumés with two new honors: he was voted a U.S. swimming captain and the U.S. flag bearer for the", sports.yahoo.com
"In a year of political divisiveness, Americans will finally be able to root for the same team — at least for 17 days. Team USA is loaded with gold medal hopefuls, including gymnast Simone Biles, swimmers Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps, the U.S. women’s soccer and basketball teams, the U.S. men’s basketball team, women’s eights rowing, sprinter Justin Gatlin and tennis star Serena Williams.", www.newsobserver.com
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