U.S. drops the coin on flag bearer at Winter Olympics

U.S. drops the coin on flag bearer at Winter Olympics

In a Thursday tweet, champion speed skater Shani Davis - who is black -injected race into the coin flip decision over which athlete would carry the US flag during the opening ceremonies.

And Davis was definitely not happy about it, venting in a tweet that the coin toss was "dishonorably" done.

I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event. "He added he can "wait until 2022" and included a "#BlackHistoryMonth2018" hashtag. She earned a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, becoming the first USA athlete to do so since singles luge began at the Olympics in 1964. An athlete from each of the federations - bobsled and skeleton, ski and snowboarding, figure skating, curling, biathlon, hockey, speedskating and luge - voted for one of the eight nominees for the flag-bearer gig.

"Winning a medal is the effort you put in and the time and the work and sacrifice to succeed and achieve something", Hamlin told USA Today Sports.

Hamlin, the first woman chosen to carry the flag for the usa team since 2006, did not respond on social media to Davis.

According to the U.S. Olympic Committee, the coin toss was the pre-determined method of choosing a victor in the event of a tie. She had not reached a World Cup podium for two years.

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Erin Hamlin, competing in her fourth Games, will carry the flag during the Opening Ceremony.

Hamlin was voted into the spot by fellow Team USA teammates.

One of the most decorated athletes in his sport, Davis he will be competing in his fifth Winter Olympics this year.

According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), Hamlin and Davis were two of the eight candidates to carry the flag.

Voting for Hamlin and speedskater Shani Davis was tied for the honor, which led to the victor being chosen by a coin toss. That's just that."U.S. speedskater Joey Mantia said". This year will be even more special.

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