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Winter Olympics: Who is the flag bearer for the United States?

09 February, 2018, 05:18 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • U.S. speedskater Shani Davis expressed frustration for not being chosen Team USA's flag bearer for Friday's opening ceremony at the Winter Olympics in South Korea

He took to Twitter Thursday to voice his displeasure with the United Status Olympic Committee choosing luger Erin Hamlin - - via coin toss - - to carry the flag at the Opening Ceremony Friday in Pyeongchang, South Korea. She's also the first USA woman to win a world championship in luge. 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 U.S. luge history". Given his history, Davis was an obvious candidate to carry the flag for the United States delegation at tomorrow's Opening Ceremony. 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.

“I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event, ” the tweet said. No problem. I can wait until 2022. Had he been named flag bearer, the people confirmed, he would have accepted the honor and taken part.

Hamlin announced a year ago that she plans to retire after the PyeongChang Olympics.

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Shani Davis adds controversy into the selection of the US flag bearer with tweet slamming the process.

As Davis noted, he won gold in the 1000 meter in 2010 and 2006. A question we always have, however, is who will be representing the country by leading the Team USA pack while holding the flag.

The coin toss, according to the Associated Press, came after a 4-4 tie between Davis and Hamlin. That's just that."U.S. speedskater Joey Mantia said".

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That, too, would be a shame.

Lets hope race didnt play a factor, but its impossible to deny that an outspoken black athlete faces a much greater chance of backlash from a largely white fan base, the mostly white media and, yes, even some fellow athletes who are white.

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