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

Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin who will turn 23 in March has 41 World Cup victories. Toni L. Sandys  Washington Post

Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin who will turn 23 in March has 41 World Cup victories. Toni L. Sandys Washington Post

He took to Twitter Thursday to voice his displeasure with the United Status Olympic Committee choosing luger Erin Hamlin - - via coin toss - - to carry the flag at the Opening Ceremony Friday in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Two-time Olympic speedskating champion Shani Davis said Team USA "dishonorably" used a coin toss to determine its flag bearer for the Games this year.

At the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy, he became the first African American athlete to win individual gold at the Winter Olympics. "I can't wait to share it with them all!"

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.

The flag bearer is typically chosen in a vote of the eight U.S. winter sport federations, which represent biathlon, bobsled and skeleton, curling, figure skating, hockey, luge, ski and snowboarding, and speed skating. The USOC, clearly aware a tie was possible, let it be known before the games that a coin flip would be used to decide the victor if that happened.


Hamlin is a four-time Olympian and former olympic bronze medalist.

He will become the fourth luger to serve in the United States role, and the first since Mark Grimmette at Vancouver 2010.

Hamlin will don an exclusive "Team USA Opening Ceremony heated parka" designed by Polo Ralph Lauren, the statement said.

According to the U.S. Olympic Committee, the coin toss was the pre-determined method of choosing a victor in the event of a tie.

Shani was one of eight candidates who was up for the honor of carrying the flag during the opening ceremony. She had not reached a World Cup podium for two years. He also has won the silver medal for the 1500-meter race twice. That's just that."U.S. speedskater Joey Mantia said".

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