July 23, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut sophomore swimmer Chinyere Pigot (Miami, Fla.) will be the flag bearer for the country of Suriname in the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on Friday.
Pigot, a native of Suriname, will compete in the sprint freestyle races for the country, which is located in the northern part of South America and has a population of approximately 500,000. Pigot comes off a very successful freshman season at UConn as she set UConn records in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles as well as part of several record setting relays.
She was named All-BIG EAST Conference as a freshman and in November competed in the 2011 Pan Am Games. This is the second Olympics for her as she competed in 2008 Summer Games as a 14-year-old.
The opening ceremonies are Friday at the Olympic Stadium and will be televised on NBC at 7:30 p.m. Suriname will be the 174th country in the Parade of Nations in between Sudan and Swaziland. As in tradition, Greece will be the first country and host England will be the final country.
Digot Pigot, Chinyere’s brother and incoming UConn freshman, will also compete in the games for Suriname in the 100-meter breaststroke.