There's Already Controversy on Team USA About the Olympics Opening Ceremony

There's Already Controversy on Team USA About the Olympics Opening Ceremony

There's Already Controversy on Team USA About the Olympics Opening Ceremony

Four-time Olympian Erin Hamlin will be the US flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the US Olympic Committee announced Wednesday. Davis thought the decision to toss a coin was dishonorable, according to a tweet he made following the announcement. "I can wait until 2022". She won bronze at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, making her the first American luger to ever medal at the Winter Olympics in singles competition. Olympic athletes from the eight different sports federations - biathlon, bobsled and skeleton, curling, hockey, figure skating, ski and snowboarding, luge and speedskating - voted for their choice, resulting in the tie. No one wins a medal and you have to get up at 4 am ET to try and soak it all in, but this sort of thing only comes once every four years so who are we to sit here and pretend like it's not a big deal.

Hamlin, 31, will be the fourth luger to serve as flag-bearer for the United States, and the first since Mark Grimmette at the 2010 Olympics. Hamlin, for her part, said "the nerves will be flying, for sure" when she leads with team around the track under the American flag, but she has not commented on Davis' tweet. The U.S. Olympic Committee confirmed the tie, and that voters knew in the event of a tie, the coin toss would take place.

Shani Davis became the first African-American to win individual Winter Olympic gold in 2010.

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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 USA speedskating team — Erin Jackson on the big oval and Maame Biney in short track.

The honor of carrying the flag into the opening ceremony Friday goes to New York's Erin Hamlin. The luge star became the first US athlete to medal in singles luge since the event's inception in 1964.

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