US names Shana Lehmann as flag bearer for U.S.

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Lehmann, of Frederick, Md., is known as one of the most versatile Deaflympic athletes in American history.

According to US Deaf Sports: She has competed in three different sports at four different Deaflympics. She broke onto the international stage in 2001 as a 14-year-old, when Athletics coach Nancy Benton coaxed her into entering the Deaflympics tryouts held in Washington, D.C. 

Lehmann was uncertain at first but gave it her all at the tryouts against formidable older opponents. To her surprise, she was named to the team. 

She made her debut in Rome, coming away with a silver in the 4x400m relay and a bronze in the 4x100m relay. She ran track again at the 2005 Melbourne Deaflympics before switching over to indoor volleyball for the 2009 Taipei Deaflympics. There, Lehmann and her teammates came away with a silver medal. 

This time around, Lehmann is giving the sand a shot.

Congrads and good luck!

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