07/25/2012 04:16 EDT | Updated 09/24/2012 05:12 EDT

2-time Olympic champion fencer Zagunis to be US flag bearer at opening ceremony in London

LONDON - Two-time Olympic fencing champion Mariel Zagunis will carry the U.S. flag in the opening ceremony of the London Games.

The U.S. Olympic Committee says Zagunis won a vote of the 529-strong team ahead of Friday's ceremony.

Zagunis says she is "extremely humbled by this incredible privilege."

She was the first American to win a fencing gold in 100 years at the 2004 Athens Games.