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United States' Michael Phelps catches his breath during a swimming training session prior to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Michael Phelps will carry the US flag at the Olympic ceremony, wearing a light-up jacket


Michael Phelps has been chosen to carry the American flag at the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday night.

Phelps is swimming in his fifth and final Olympics (though he said he retired after the 2012 games in London) and is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals.

He's the second swimmer to be the U.S. flag bearer since Gary Hall in 1976, USA Today reports

This time around, it's about so much more than medals.
Michael Phelps

"I want to walk in the opening ceremony, take it all in, represent America in the best possible way and make my family proud," Phelps said in a statement.

Phelps will swim in the men's 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly and take part in the 200-meter individual medley events.

Here's what he'll be wearing as he enters. 

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