Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony: Simone Biles Carries Flag for Team USA, Poses for Selfies With Athletes

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The medalist became the second gymnast ever to serve in that capacity.

Simone Biles carried the American flag through Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium on Sunday for the 2016 Summer Olympics' closing ceremony.

It was announced Saturday that the gymnast would have the honor. Unlike the opening ceremony, athletes file in together after the parade of flag bearers and not necessarily separated by country.

As the other Olympians entered, numerous athletes from other countries paused to ask an obliging Biles for selfies, causing a bit of a delay in the procession.

Biles became the second gymnast ever to serve in that capacity — in either an opening or closing ceremony. The last time that happened was in 1936, when Alfred Jochim was the flag bearer at the opening ceremony in Berlin.  


Biles won five medals at this year's Olympics: four golds (vault, floor exercise, individual all-around and team all-around) and one bronze (beam).

Overall, Team USA won a total of 121 medals at this year's Games, with 46 gold medals, 37 silver and 38 bronze. China was second overall with 70 medals (26 gold, 18 silver and 26 bronze), while Great Britain came in at No. 2 in the gold medal count with 27 (67 overall, including 23 silver and 17 bronze).

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