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Drysdale to carry NZ flag as Olympics end

Published: 7:18AM Monday August 13, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

Gold-medal single sculler Mahe Drysdale will carry the New Zealand flag for the London Olympics closing ceremony this morning.

The five-time world champion and now Olympic champion was named as flagbearer today at an NZ team function prior at the Olympic Village, where the team took the opportunity to reflect on the principles that had been important to this campaign.

"The team focused on providing a high-performance environment, which athletes respected and supported one another, and had an absolute commitment to performance," said chef de mission Dave Currie. "The sport within the Olympic team that clearly demonstrated those principles was the rowing team."

Drysdale demonstrated his own commitment to high performance, but also for his on-going support of the other athletes within the New Zealand Olympic Team.

"We're delighted to have named such a proud athlete, who has played such an important role in creating and maintaining a positive and strong team environment." said Currie.

Drysdale also carried the flag in the Beijing opening ceremony four years ago, where he won a bronze medal despite debilitating illness.

"I'm so honoured to be chosen as the closing ceremony flag bearer," he said. "Winning gold was just fantastic, but being able to support other athletes as they prepare for competition has been amazing.

"The New Zealand Olympic team has had some amazing performances and I'm pleased I could support the whole team as they progressed through competition. It's fantastic to be a part of one of New Zealand's most successful Olympic teams ever."

The New Zealand Olympic team will begin their departures from London tomorrow, arriving home in New Zealand on Wednesday.