Olympian Shani Davis Slams Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer Coin Toss

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

On Thursday morning, Davis shared his feelings about the methodology in a Tweet, saying Team USA "dishonorably tossed a coin". After listing several of his accomplishments, which he believes, should have made him the flag-bearer.

Davis, an African-American, added that he can wait until the next games in 2022 and then included the hashtag #BlackHistoryMonth2018. That's just that."U.S. speedskater Joey Mantia said".

Eventually, the final vote was deadlocked at 4-4. Hamlin "won" the coin flip, which resulted in her being named flag bearer.

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It had already been agreed prior to the vote by the US Olympic Committee that a tie would be broken by a coin toss.

Davis was certainly a worthy candidate. Competing in his fifth straight Olympics, Davis has two gold medals (1,000 meters in 2006 and 2010) and two silver medals (1,500 meters in 2006 and 2010).

USA Luge declined comment to the AP on Davis' tweet.

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Enter the coin toss, Davis said. "I don't know anything else".

She will be the fourth luger to serve as the United States flag bearer, and the first since 2010. 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. In December, when asked in an interview if she thought it would be possible, Hamlin laughed.

"To me, that always seems to be a really, really big-name person", Hamlin said at the time. 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. Their animosity toward one another was obvious at a news conference, when Hedrick brought up the team pursuit and Davis stormed out of the room.

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