Olympics Opening Ceremony: Who is USA flag bearer Erin Hamlin?

Winter Olympics 2018 Why did speed skater Shani Davis skip opening ceremony

The four-time medalist shredded Team USA's decision on Twitter on Thursday, saying Team USA "dishonorably" resorted to flipping a coin to pick its representative.

"I think they're going to be really glad that they made that decision", Hamlin said.

In a historic win at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Hamlin scored a bronze medal in the singles luge heat, a first for any USA competitor since the sport's addition to the games. The process entails that eight athletes from the eight winter sports federations vote on who will be the flag bearer.

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.

While Hamlin is certainly deserving — shell be competing in her fourth and final Olympics at Pyeongchang — her resume pales in comparison. The 35-year-old Davis has two golds and a pair of silvers, not to mention a bunch of world championships and the second-most World Cup titles for any male skater in the history of the sport. When the final vote stayed deadlocked at 4-4, the committee used a predetermined method of choosing a victor: a coin toss.

Hamlin and Davis were among several members of the Olympic team nominated to carry the American flag in the opening ceremonies in PyeongChang, South Korea.

As Davis noted, he won gold in the 1000 meter in 2010 and 2006.

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Hamlin was voted into the spot by fellow Team USA teammates. Hamlin "won" the coin flip, which resulted in her being named flag bearer.

This isn't the first controversy to affect the U.S. Team. "But it is an honor and a privilege to be recognized by all of Team USA".

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