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

09 February 2018, 05:21 | Percy Christensen

Shani Davis

Shani Davis

The Sochi 2014 bronze medallist was selected following a vote by fellow members of the American team.

The United States Olympic Committee made it known that voters were aware of a coin flip being the final tiebreaker if no majority decision could be reached. Hamlin "won" the coin flip, which resulted in her being named flag bearer.

On Thursday morning, Davis shared his feelings about the methodology in a Tweet, saying Team USA "dishonorably tossed a coin".

Davis also referenced Black History Month which is, of course, the month of February.

"Winning a medal is the effort you put in and the time and the work and sacrifice to succeed and achieve something", Hamlin told USA Today Sports. He also has won the silver medal for the 1500-meter race twice.

While Davis has surely rubbed a few people the wrong way, the vast majority of his fellow skaters talk glowingly about his impact on USA speedskating and a willingness to share his wealth of knowledge with the next generation.

Davis' status as an American and his accomplishments as an Olympian, are not in dispute.

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Hamlin is no stranger to history.

Hamlin will be the first member of the USA luge team to carry the flag since 2010, and the fourth ever, the statement said.

"It was a pretty big shock", Hamlin said of being asked to carry the flag, via NBC Olympics.

Hamlin added: "It is definitely a privilege and honour to be the one to lead the team and will be a very special moment".

The opening ceremony will be Friday. For the 2016 Games in Sochi, nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick carried the flag before the Winter Games, and hockey player Julie Chu carried it for the Closing Ceremony.

The decision came down to a coin toss between Hamlin and speedskater Shani Davis, the first black athlete to win a gold medal in an individual Winter Olympic event.



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