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09 February 2018, 05:18 | Nina Mathis
US defends flag bearer process after 'dishonorable' coin toss
Bright and early tomorrow on Friday, the 2018 Winter Olympics kick off with Opening Ceremonies-but not without some controversy from Team USA.
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.
Set to possibly take a place on the podium once again in Korea, Hamlin is an inspired choice to carry the flag for Team USA at this year's opening ceremony.
Erin Hamlin, who won bronze in the luge in Socchi in 2014, is the United States' flag bearer. A 4-4 deadlock in the voting led to a coin flip, which resulted in Hamlin winning the right to be flag-bearer.
"I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event", he wrote. Had he been named flag bearer, the people confirmed, he would have accepted the honor and taken part.
Both Davis and Hamlin boast impressive Olympic resumes.
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Fellow nominee Shani Davis panned the process in a tweet, calling it "dishonorable" and suggesting race ultimately played a role in the selection. The decision was made after a vote ended up in a tie. Davis has two gold medals and a silver medal.
That always seems to be a really, really big-name person, she said.
Hamlin gained the selection at a meeting of team representatives from each USA winter sports body after she and Davis were tied at four votes each. Her Twitter page consisted of news items about the Olympic team, an action figure created to commemorate her appearance in the Olympics and a quote from clothing retailer lululemon, "If you want more kindness in the world - put it there".
He looks after the younger people like me and gives great advice, said 21-year-old Emery Lehman, who will be competing in his second Olympics at Pyeongchang.
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