Nellum Named U.S. Flag Bearer For 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremonies
Aug. 10, 2012
USC's Bryshon Nellum has been selected to carry the flag for the 529-member American team when they march into London's Olympic Stadium for the Closing Ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics on Aug. 12.
Nellum won a silver medal at the games as part of USA's 4x400m relay team, which also featured Trojan teammate Josh Mance. Nellum also competed in the men's 400m dash competition and placed ninth with a time of 45.02.
Nellum was the 2012 Pac-12 champion in the 400m dash and also led USC's All-American 4x400m relay team to a second-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships with the second-fastest time in school history. It was his first season at USC in which he was able to run pain-free as he suffered an injury in his first career race as a Trojan in the spring of 2008, then was the victim of a randon gunshot attack to his legs in the fall of 2008 which required surgery and kept him out of the 2009 season. He worked his way back in both the 2010 and 2011 seasons only to have his season end when the remaining bullet fragments in his legs shifted and caused him to have to shut it down. He had surgeries after both seasons and last August the doctors were able to find a way to remove the fragments that were touching the nerves in his legs and he was able to compete the entire 2012 season, culminating with him earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team and winning the silver medal as part of the relay team.
The Closing Ceremony celebrates the achievements of athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and includes a Handover from one Host City to the next. In 2012, London will hand over to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games. The Closing Ceremony also features the extinguishing of the Olympic Flame, signalling the end of the Games.
The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games will provide an opportunity for the world to view the artistic expression of Artistic Director Kim Gavin, his team and the culture of the Host City and the UK.
The Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games will be titled `A Symphony of British Music', to celebrate the fact that music has been one of Britain's strongest cultural exports over the last 50 years. The worldwide broadcast of the Ceremony will start at 1 p.m. PT and feature more than 4,100 performers, including 3,500 adult volunteers and 380 schoolchildren from the six east London Host Boroughs.
Organizers will work with some of the country's most globally successful musicians, along with some of the industry's stars of tomorrow. The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) has been appointed to record the soundtracks for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.