Olympian Shani Davis Slams Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer Coin Toss

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Davis had tweeted that the coin toss was a "dishonorable" method to decide and added the hashtag "BlackHistoryMonth2018", suggesting racial bias was involved.

The men's speed skater said he will wait until 2022 to be Team USA's flag bearer. "It wasn't right to be narrowed to a coin toss".

The decision to make Erin Hamlin USA flagbearer for the Winter Olympics opening ceremony has been slammed by a fellow athlete who missed out.

Davis, who has won two Olympic golds and two silvers, became the first black athlete to claim an individual Winter Olympics gold medal in 2006. They created the popular "Luge Hooch" drink, which is half Bailey's, half Jameson that is beloved among the USA luge family in Pyeongchang and sipped through a plastic flask. "I don't know anything else".

Hamlin called her parents and told them the good news when they were on their way to the airport headed for South Korea. 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.

"It is definitely a privilege and honor to be the one to lead the team and will be a very special moment".

Hamlin gained the selection at a meeting of team representatives from each US winter sports body after she and Davis were tied at four votes each.

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Hamlin, a four-time Olympian, has not responded to the controversy, except to say that she had nothing to do with the process and she's honored to have the position. Her second run was again solid, but she left some time on the board with small mistakes. By 2005, she was competing in her first world championships.

"When I was in seventh grade when she raced, we all watched her and it was really exciting", Roberts said.

USA Luge declined to comment on the tweet. Put me at the top of a track, [and] that's my happy place.

People from community members, to students and faculty members gathered in the cafeteria, waving American flags, ringing cowbells and cheering for Hamlin as she went down the course.

The women's luge competition at this year's Winter Games is scheduled to start February 12, according to the U.S. Olympic Committee.

She said she'd like to take advantage of connections in the Olympic world "while I'm still slightly relevant as an athlete".

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