First Controversy Of The Winter Olympics Is Over The Flag

Adjust Comment Print

In the end, Erin Hamlin, a four-time Olympic luger was given the chance to carry the flag, according to a release from Team USA.

Hamlin told ABC that she had nothing to do with the process and will not let the controversy taint the once-in-a-lifetime honor. "@TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer", he tweeted.

Davis, who was the first black athlete to win individual gold at a Winter Olympics at the 2006 Turin Games also captioned his post with the #BlackHistoryMonth2018 hashtag.

So, Davis planned to skip the Games' opening ceremony Friday.

Davis skipped Friday's ceremony to focus on his race scheduled for just three days later, he had been planning to skip it earlier and reconsidered attending when he learned he might be named flag bearer, CNN reported.

Hamlin and Davis were among eight nominees for the flag bearer role.

Hamlin and speedskater Shani Davis were among several candidates for the flagbearer role and athletes from each of the eight winter sports federations voted in the process, which eventually deadlocked at 4-4. "No problem. I can wait until 2022", Davis tweeted.

The flag bearer is typically chosen in a vote of the eight United States winter sport federations, which represent biathlon, bobsled and skeleton, curling, figure skating, hockey, luge, ski and snowboarding, and speed skating. The U.S. Olympic Committee confirmed the tie, and that voters knew in the event of a tie, the coin toss would take place.

He said: "Not just does Erin get to hold that flag, but USA Luge gets to hold that flag".

Alcott competed at four Winter Olympics herself and she has revealed the struggle that athletes face behind the scenes as they wait to follow the flag bearer out.

Davis is a five-time Olympian with two gold medals and two silver medals in his collection.

"That doesn't sound like Shani", Nathaniel Mills, a friend of Davis' and his former public relations officer and lawyer, said in text message to USA Today.