Olympic Speed Skater Shreds Team USA Over Flag-Bearer Coin Toss


Team USA has its flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony in PyeongChang, and while it might not be a household name like Shaun White or Lindsey Vonn, she remains a part of American Olympic history. Davis believes that he was more than qualified to be the flag bearer, tweeting that the coin toss was done "dishonorably".

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

"I think they're going to be really glad that they made that decision", Hamlin said. A four-time Olympian, she also became the first American to win an Olympic singles luge medal when she took home the bronze at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, which CBS News called "a feat that will surely go down as perhaps the greatest moment in United States of America luge history". 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. But the voting for the finalist deadlocked between the final two athletes and as previously agreed upon by all participants a coin toss was used to break the tie. Her only Olympic medal is a bronze.

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

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Perhaps its not surprising that Davis will be joined in Pyeongchang by the first two African-American women to make the US speedskating team — Erin Jackson on the big oval and Maame Biney in short track. Kelly Clark and Kikkan Randle are the only other five-time Olympians on the roster.

The decision came down to a coin toss between Hamlin and speedskater Shani Davis, the first black athlete to win a gold medal in an individual Winter Olympic event.

Before Davis injected controversy into the vote, Hamlin expressed disbelief after being told she would lead Team USA into the ceremony to keep off the Pyeongchang Games.