Former Notre Dame fencing star and 2-time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis has been voted by Team USA to carry the American flag at the Opening Ceremonies this Friday. While we’ll be taking a closer look at all the Domers competing in the Olympics tomorrow, Zagunis receiving such an honor is worthy of special-mention. Zagunis, a former resident of Pasquerilla East Hall, will be seeking her 3rd consecutive gold medal after shocking the world at the Athens Games in 2004, winning gold as an alternate allowed to compete only when a Nigerian fencer dropped out of competition. Congratulations to Mariel – we wish her luck as she tries to defend her title in Olympic sabre.
ND Women’s basketball player Natalie Achonwa is headed to the Olympics as representative of the Canadian national Team.
Natalie is an awesome person who is very well grounded in her values. She resided in Cavanaugh Hall and actually talked to me last year. A pretty big deal for this nerdy engineer. Ace, as she is known to her teammates in South Bend, is pumped for the opportunity to play for her country. Good Luck Natalie from all the Irish Nation. I hope you can grab the silver medal losing to the USA. haha