Kolganov to carry Israel flag in Beijing

33-year-old made aliya from Tashkent, Uzbekistan; this will be his third Olympics.

Michael Kolganov will be the Israeli flagbearer at the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, the Olympic Committee of Israel announced on Tuesday. The 33-year-old, who made aliya from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in 1995, will be competing in his third Olympics and is one of only five Israeli's to win an Olympic medal, claiming the bronze at the Sydney Games eight years ago. "I'm very excited," Kolganov said. "It's a massive honor for me to lead out the delegation at the opening ceremony. I hope to fill the hearts of all the citizens of Israel with pride."