Bright and early tomorrow on Friday, the 2018 Winter Olympics kick off with Opening Ceremonies-but not without some controversy from Team USA. "No problem. I can wait until 2022", he wrote on February 8.
A four-time Olympian, Hamlin became the first American athlete to win a medal in the luge event in Winter Olympics history when she earned a bronze at the 2014 Games in Sochi. "Now being voted flag bearer is a whole new level", Hamlin said in a release from Team USA. A tie, per USOC rules, is broken by a coin flip. Her only Olympic medal is a bronze.
She will be the fourth luger to serve as the USA flag bearer, and the first since 2010.
"The nerves will be flying, for sure", said Hamlin, who will be competing in her fourth Winter Games. The U.S. Olympic Committee confirmed the tie, and that voters knew in the event of a tie, the coin toss would take place. @TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer. (Yes, it took that long.) He followed it up by winning another gold (and a silver) in 2010, and he's on the team this year too.
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However, U.S. Olympic speed skater Shani Davis used Twitter to say the flag-bearer selection process was carried out "dishonorably".
Hamlin's selection brought warm notice across social media, including from television outlets, elected officials, and the U.S. Olympic team. Given his history, Davis was an obvious candidate to carry the flag for the United States delegation at tomorrow's Opening Ceremony. She's also the first American woman to win a world championship in luge.
Lets hope race didnt play a factor, but its impossible to deny that an outspoken black athlete faces a much greater chance of backlash from a largely white fan base, the mostly white media and, yes, even some fellow athletes who are white.