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The United States flag bearers for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics have been chosen.

It was announced on Wednesday morning’s episode of “TODAY” that girls’ basketball star Sue Bird and baseball player Eddy Alvarez will lead the United States out of the tunnel for the opening ceremony.

It will be the first time in Olympic history that participating countries will each include a male and female athlete carrying the flag for the Opening Ceremony.

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Bird is one of the most decorated basketball players in history. The 40-year-old is a four-time WNBA champion and has helped the US team win four Olympic golds in women’s basketball, in addition to four more golds at the FIBA ​​Women’s World Cup.

Alvarez, 31, is an infielder for the Miami Marlins organization but rose to fame at the Sochi Olympics when he won a silver medal in short track speed skating. He is the first winter Olympian without Olympic baseball experience to play a game in MLB.

The opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics will begin at 7 a.m. ET on Friday, July 23.