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Michael Phelps to Carry US Flag at Olympic Opening Ceremony

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News video: Michael Phelps to Carry US Flag at Olympic Opening CeremonyThe U.S. swimmer has already been named flag bearer for the opening ceremony and captain of the men's swim team.

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The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro don't officially start until Friday evening.

But before the competitions even begin, this year's games are already shaping up to be pretty great for swimmer Michael Phelps.

Team USA  announced Wednesday  the most decorated Olympian in history had been selected as the country's flag bearer for Friday's opening ceremony.

SEE MORE: Michael Phelps Didn't Even Want To Go To The 2012 Olympics Phelps, with 22 medals over his Olympic career, is only the second swimmer ever to carry the American flag in the history of the Summer Olympics.

And despite Rio being his fifth Olympic games, Phelps was named  captain of the men's swim team  this year for the first time.

Phelps, who is the  first U.S. male swimmer  to compete in a fifth Olympics, will  first swim in the 200-meter butterfly  on Monday.

This video includes clips from  NBC ,  KTBC  and  Under Armour  and images from Getty Images.

Music provided courtesy of APM Music.

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