Phelps carries torch to Rio

Michael Phelps, who has never walked in an Olympic Opening Ceremony before, will carry the U.S. flag at the 2016 Rio Opening Ceremony on Friday, August 5. He was selected as the flag bearer by a vote of fellow Team USA members.

Phelps, set to compete in his fifth Olympic Games, is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals, 18 of which are gold.

Recently, Phelps was voted one of the six captains for the U.S. swim team, another honor he holds for the first time at the 2016 Games.

“I’m honored to be chosen, proud to represent the U.S., and humbled by the significance of carrying the flag and all it stands for,” Phelps said through a U.S. Olympic Committee statement. “For Sydney, I just wanted to make the team. For Athens, I wanted to win gold for my country. For Beijing, I wanted to do something nobody else had done. In London, I wanted to make history. And now, 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.”

As the flag bearer, Phelps will sport a special illuminated USA blazer created by Polo Ralph Lauren.

Sabre fencer and two-time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis carried the flag at the 2012 Opening Ceremony in London.

Gold medal swimmer thanks nuns for her success

While Super Bowl MVPs are known for going to Disney World to celebrate, swimmer Katie Ledecky took a road less traveled after winning a gold medal at the London Olympic Games in the summer of 2012.

She visited the White House and threw out the first pitch at a Washington Nationals baseball game, but before all that, she and her mom visited the Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters at their convent in Bethesda, Maryland, to thank the women religious who taught her at Little Flower School.

They brought brownies baked by Ledecky’s mom, Mary Gen, and the sisters got to share in their former student’s Olympic glory, peppering her with questions and taking turns trying on her gold medal.

“We had a good time celebrating her accomplishments,” said Sister Rosemaron Rynn, Little Flower’s longtime principal, in an interview with Crux.

When Ledecky – then 15 years old and the youngest member of Team USA – touched the wall in first place in the women’s 800-meters freestyle race, it was one of the biggest surprises of the London Olympics.

Now Ledecky – who turned 19 on St. Patrick’s Day this year – is preparing to swim for Team USA in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro which begin on Aug. 5. She is expected to win gold medals in the women’s 400- and 800-meter freestyle races, in which she currently holds the world records, and she is also favored to win the 200-meter freestyle and the 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay race and may become only the third American woman swimmer to win four gold medals at an Olympics.

In a recent email interview with reporter Kelly Seegers of the Catholic Standardnewspaper of the Archdiocese of Washington, Ledecky said, “My Catholic faith is very important to me. It always has been, and it always will be. It is part of who I am… It helps me put things in perspective.”

Ledecky, who graduated from Little Flower School in 2011 and Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, also in Bethesda, four years later, said, “My Catholic schools challenged me, they broadened my perspective… The importance of balance in one’s life is a lesson I have learned, and one that I hope will help me in college and beyond.”

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Eagle Club Membership

The ABVM Boosters is excited to announce the new Eagle Club Memberships. This is an annual membership club anyone can take part in. The memberships range from $25 to $1000 and each level provides a variety of perks for your annual commitment. Check out our options at Eagle Club Memberships.

All proceeds go to support new uniforms, facility/field management, Blessing of our Athletes, GRACEAC league fees, and our ability to continue have athletes participate for free.

The “soft launch” of the Club Memberships information was sent home on April 18th with the students from ABVM. The Eagles Club drive officially begins on May 16th.

We look forward to having the entire community to join us!

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