Team USA Announces Its Flag Bearer: Luger Erin Hamlin

09 February, 2018, 07:06 | Author: Virgil Todd
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American speedskater Shani Davis is not pleased with the Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony flag bearer selection process, and he made his thoughts known on Twitter. Mashable has reached out to Team USA for comment and will update this post pending any further information. No one wins a medal and you have to get up at 4 am ET to try and soak it all in, but this sort of thing only comes once every four years so who are we to sit here and pretend like it's not a big deal. The U.S. Olympic Committee confirmed the tie, and that voters knew if the tie couldn't be broken by them the coin toss would have to occur. And then Shani Davis tweeted. The luge star became the first USA athlete to medal in singles luge since the event's inception in 1964. It wasn't the first time she made history - in 2009, she became the first US woman to win a world championship in the luge.

Davis' mother, Cherie Davis, said she was unaware of the tweet until an AP reporter spoke to her by phone. Hamlin is retiring at the end of the Olympics, after almost two decades of racing competitively.

Hamlin, who was selected for the role by her teammates, will carry the flag for Team USA during the ceremony Friday.

The coin toss, according to the Associated Press, came after a 4-4 tie between Davis and Hamlin. "I can't wait to share it with them all!"

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As ESPN noted, Davis has a history of throwing tantrums, and this is not the first time he has caused an Olympic controversy. Hamlin won a coin toss, the predetermined method of picking a victor if all else failed in the athlete-led process.

"To me, that always seems to be a really, really big-name person", Hamlin said at the time. He eventually won gold in 1994 after his last race and his journey is one of my favorite Olympic moments of all time.

So much for smooth skating to kick off the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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