U.S. archer Lorig, who has competed for three countries, will carry flag

Updated: August 23, 2008, 10:55 PM ET
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BEIJING -- Archer Khatuna Lorig will carry the flag for the U.S. Olympic Team at the losing Ceremony Sunday, the USOC announced Saturday.

U.S. captains from each sport met in the Athlete Village on Friday to select the flag bearer.

"Being named the U.S. flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony is almost like winning a gold medal, maybe even better," Lorig said. "I thought I could win a gold medal in competition, but I never thought I'd have this opportunity. I am truly, truly so proud to be an American citizen and part of the U.S. Olympic Team."

Lorig, who lives in West Hollywood, Calif., has represented three different countries in the Olympic Games. She represented the Unified Team of the former Soviet Union at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, where she won the bronze medal in the team competition. She competed for Georgia at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga. and the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

She immigrated to the United States and missed the 2004 Olympic Games. She received her citizenship in 2005 and competed in her fourth Olympic Games in 2008, representing the USA. She did win a medal in Beijing.

"I will do my best to represent archery and the U.S. Delegation both at the Closing Ceremony and afterwards to hold up the responsibilities deserving of this great honor," Lorig said. "I wouldn't want to compete for any other country. I send my best wishes to everyone on the U.S. Team."