Speed skater's sour tweet not deflecting Erin Hamlin or her fans

Speed skater's sour tweet not deflecting Erin Hamlin or her fans

Speed skater's sour tweet not deflecting Erin Hamlin or her fans

Two-time Olympic speedskating champion Shani Davis said Team USA "dishonorably" used a coin toss to determine its flag bearer for the Games this year. "He added he can "wait until 2022" and included a "#BlackHistoryMonth2018" hashtag. In winning bronze at the Sochi Games, Hamlin broke a 34-year slump for American Luge, which saw the sport dominated by German and Austrian athletes. 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. The decision was made after a vote ended up in a tie.

Hamlin is a four-time Olympian and former olympic bronze medalist.

We have our eyes on these 15 Team USA athletes at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, but they're certainly not the only ones to watch. Hamlin won a coin toss, which was the predetermined method of picking a victor if all else failed in the athlete-led process.

According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), Hamlin and Davis were two of the eight candidates to carry the flag.

The opening ceremony for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics will take place Friday.

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Perhaps even more puzzling is why Davis wasnt the overwhelming choice among his fellow USA athletes.

While Davis has surely rubbed a few people the wrong way, the vast majority of his fellow skaters talk glowingly about his impact on US speedskating and a willingness to share his wealth of knowledge with the next generation. It was also the first time in more than 30 years that a female luger from a country other than Germany or Austria held a spot at the Olympic podium, the statement said.

Davis and US luge veteran Erin Hamlin were the favorites to carry the flag for Team USA at Friday's opening ceremonies, but when a team vote left the two deadlocked, a protocol called for a coin toss to break the tie.

For her part, Hamlin said she was excited about the prospect of carrying the flag. It is definitely a privilege and honor to be the one to lead the team and will be a very special moment.

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