Hamlin named U.S. flag bearer

Shani Davis

A tweet posted to the account of Shani Davis, right, is blasting the selection of luger Erin Hamlin as the USA flagbearer for Friday's opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Davis referenced Black History Month in that tweet.

But the USOC can come up with a better process for picking the flag bearer.

"Hopefully, it means [the sport] gets a little more attention and we get some funding and spread the numbers and get a lot more kids involved going forward", Hamlin said at the time. She will lead the cohort of 244 athletes - the largest team ever fielded by the US - during Friday's Parade of Nations.

The final vote was deadlocked at 4-4. Hamlin won the coin toss, which was predetermined as a tie-breaker. Not just does Erin get to hold that flag, but USA Luge gets to hold that flag.

Hours before the tweet was posted, Hamlin was beaming about the opportunity. United States' representative for the opening ceremony had four votes for him and four votes for luge athlete Erin Hamlin.

"That always seems to be a really, really big-name person", she said.

The women's luge competition will get underway on February 12, when Hamlin will look to add another medal to her collection. The luge star became the first US athlete to medal in singles luge since the event's inception in 1964.

Hamlin's team-mate Jayson Terdiman added that it is "one of the coolest things". "I can wait until 2022". But it is so unprecedented, and its announcement on Thursday was so sudden that rumours are already swirling it could open the door to much more - perhaps even an offer for Moon to travel to Pyongyang, North Korea's capital. And women have carried the flag for Team USA just six times in 23 Games, the last time in 2006.




Davis was certainly a worthy candidate.

Hamlin is Four-time Olympian and Olympic bronze medalist.

"Maybe the process is a tad flawed", said Joey Mantia, one of Davis' teammates on the USA speedskating team. "I don't know anything else".

Almost 20 years later, Hamlin is a former World Champion, has a bronze medal from the 2014 Sochi games and the honor of Team USA flag bearer in the 2018 PyeongChang games.

Sports' highest court has rejected appeals by 45 Russian athletes plus two coaches who were banned from the PyeongChang Olympics. I am proud of you and ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes and my only hope for you and all of #TeamUSA is to bring home the gold.

Dubbed the "North Korean Ivanka", Kim smiled as she leaned down from above to shake the hand of premier Moon Jae-in before the opening ceremony.

Meillard was expected to start in the Olympic giant slalom on Monday, then slalom on Wednesday, when American star Shiffrin defends her title.

"The nerves will be flying for sure", Hamlin said. "I slide - that's what I do". Put me at the top of the track, that's my happy place. Davis called Colbert a "jerk" in 2009 for taking tongue-in-cheek potshots at Canada before the 2010 Games, but the rift was healed and Davis ended up participating in a Colbert Olympics skit which he later called "genius".

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