Team USA on Monday announced its Opening Ceremony flagbearers for the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Wheelchair rugby player Chuck Aoki and paratriathlete Melissa Stockwell will carry the U.S. flag and lead the American delegation into Olympic Stadium on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.
Aoki and Stockwell were selected by their teammates and are Team USA's first pair to share flagbearing duties.
It's a new approach for the Paralympics — last March, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) amended its policy to allow for two bearers, one female and one male, in an effort to promote gender parity.
Aoki is a two-time Paralympic medalist competing in his third Games. He helped the U.S. earn silver in Rio and bronze in London.
"Being selected flagbearer is such a stunning honor that I never expected," he said. "I would not be in this position or be the athlete I am without [my family and my teammates]. When I am bringing in the flag, it is for all of them as well."
Stockwell took home bronze in the PT2 classification of triathlon's Paralympic debut at the Rio Games, part of a U.S. podium sweep with defending Paralympic champion Allysa Seely and silver medalist Hailey Danz.
"As a veteran, carrying the American flag and representing my sport, my country, my Paralympic family and my team — that is an incredible honor," she said. "The Paralympics are a showcase of what we can overcome with the power of the human body and the human spirit, and I’m just so proud of where my story has brought me."
More than 115 of these Games' 242 U.S. Paralympic athletes are set to attend Tuesday's festivities.
The Opening Ceremony begins at 7 a.m. ET, and can be streamed live on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app, as well as simultaneously seen live on NBCSN, and later in a re-air broadcast from 7-10 p.m. ET.
The 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, postponed to 2021, take place Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.
NBCUniversal's coverage includes a record 1,200 hours of programming, 1,000 of which can be streamed live on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.
Additionally, it includes more than 200 hours of TV coverage across NBC, NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA; the first-ever primetime hours on NBC; and the debut of coverage on Peacock.