Team USA Announces Its Flag Bearer: Luger Erin Hamlin


Chicago's Shani Davis is accustomed to overcoming long odds, but the five-time Olympian speedskater failed to win a coin-toss to determine the U.S. Olympic team's flag-bearer for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games in South Korea. Mashable has reached out to Team USA for comment and will update this post pending any further information. But even with that sort of resume, Hamlin - who is retiring after the Olympics, ending about a two-decade career on her sled - never thought she would be the pick. A tie, per USOC rules, is broken by a coin flip.

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

Davis also referenced Black History Month which is, of course, the month of February. He became the first black athlete to ever win a gold medal in an individual event at the Winter Olympics 12 years ago in Turin, Italy. The process to choose the Flag Bearer occurred according to the rules.

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Hamlin's already announced her intent to retire from the sport following the games.

Voting for Hamlin and speedskater Shani Davis was tied for the honor, which led to the victor being chosen by a coin toss. "I can wait until 2022". The eight winter sporting federations - bobsled and skeleton, ski and snowboarding, figure skating, curling, biathlon, hockey, speed skating, and luge - each nominate an athlete and then cast ballots in a series of rounds.

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.

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"I wonder if you would have called it "dishonorable" if you had won the coin toss?" added another.

Davis lost out as Flag Bearer to fellow American Erin Hamlin in a coin flip.

Hamlin learned of the voting result Wednesday night.

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Davis has also always been outspoken, criticizing the USOC for the suits the team used during the 2014 Games and how NBC portrayed him in the previous Olympics. Their animosity toward one another was obvious at a news conference, when Hedrick brought up the team pursuit and Davis stormed out of the room.

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