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Natascha Keller named Germany's flag bearer

July 25, 2012
First-ever German hockey player awarded the honor

Natascha Keller made history today when she was named Germany’s flag bearer for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Keller is the first-ever hockey player to be given the honor for Germany.

The 35 year-old was on the German team that won the Olympic gold medal in 2004 and has played in more than 400 international games (indoor and outdoor). The striker from Berlin has 203 goals in her illustrious career. It is the first time since 2000 that Germany has named a female flag bearer.

What makes Keller a particularly poignant choice is her unique family history. She is one of five members of the Keller family to earn an Olympic hockey medal. Her grandfather Erwin won silver in 1936, her father Carsten took the gold in 1972 and her older brother Andreas claimed gold in 1992, finally younger brother Florian claimed gold in 2008.

DHB President Stephan Abel said,” this is the culmination of an already extremely successful career and a tribute to the entire Keller family with its unique Olympic history. It's great for our sport to be presented in this way gives hockey at the Olympics a further boost! "

Keller joins fellow hockey player Luciana Aymar, who was named the flag bearer for Argentina about a month before the Games.

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