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Four-time Olympic luger Hamlin named USA flag bearer

09 February, 2018, 05:22 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Luger Erin Hamlin Chosen As US Flag Bearer for Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

Set to possibly take a place on the podium once again in Korea, Hamlin is an inspired choice to carry the flag for Team USA at this year's opening ceremony.

Shani Davis adds controversy into the selection of the USA flag bearer with tweet slamming the process. Hamlin and Davis each got four votes in the final balloting of the athlete-led process.

Team USA has named their flag bearer for the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in PyeongChang: Erin Hamlin, the first US athlete ever to win an Olympic singles luge medal.

Whether it was heads or tails, we may never know.

While Hamlin was thrilled by the honor, there was one Olympian who was not fond of the decision.

Representatives from the U.S. Olympic Committee, the U.S. Speedskating Team and the U.S. Luge team did not immediately respond to requests for comment from TIME.

Beyond the stellar results, Davis has been a trailblazer.

Davis, who owns two Olympic gold medals and a pair of silvers, is the first African-American athlete to win an individual title at a Winter Games.

I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event.

Bearing the flag in the Opening Ceremony would put her in an exclusive club of athletic greats including Michael Phelps and Scott Hamilton. “That wouldve been really cool.”. He took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with the process.

Davis' tweet provoked a cascade of counter-tweets accusing him of poor sportsmanship, sour grapes, and "playing the race card". @TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer.

"I think they're going to be really glad that they made that decision", Hamlin said. “I think hes just saying that in jest.”. A coin flip was then used to break the tie, per United States Olympic Committee rules. The luge star became the first US athlete to medal in singles luge since the event's inception in 1964.

“On paper, it doesnt make sense for anybody else to do it, ” Mantia said.

"It's definitely a surprise, definitely a shock", she said.

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

That, too, would be a shame.

And speedskater Shani Davis, a five-time Olympian and four-time medalist, ended up on the wrong end of it. This year will be even more special.

Hamlin, 31, is one of the best of the best when it comes to the luge.

Paul Newberry is a sports columnist for The Associated Press.

This should be a feel-good moment.

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