When the Danish Olympic team takes centre stage at the opening ceremony of the Rio Games on August 5, Caroline Wozniacki will be leading the way.
The national sports confederation DIF confirmed the Danish tennis star as the official flag bearer at City Hall on Friday.
“It’s a huge honour for me,” Wozniacki said. “The Olympics mean a lot to me and I have some fantastic memories from my previous participation.
“I enjoy being part of the Danish team and feeling that team spirit that I don’t experience during my everyday life. To carry the flag in Rio will be one of the highlights of my career and something I will never forget.”
Third woman in history
Wozniacki will become the 25th Danish sports person and just the third woman to carry the Danish banner at an Olympic opening ceremony.
She is also the first Dane since Michael Markussen in Los Angeles in 1984 to carry the flag without previously winning an Olympic medal.
Wozniacki will be looking to improve on her previous best Olympic result, a quarter-final loss in London in 2012. In 2008 in Beijing, she was ousted in the third round.