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Winter Olympics: Shani Davis not expected to march in opening ceremony

09 February, 2018, 05:21 | Author: Hannah Francis
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"I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event", Davis tweeted. No problem. I can wait until 2022.

Four-time Olympic luger Erin Hamlin, who became the first American to medal in singles luge in Olympic history in 2014, will carry the stars and stripes at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.

Hamlin and Davis were among eight athletes being considered to carry the flag in the opening ceremony, ESPN reported.

The United States Olympic Committee made it known that voters were aware of a coin flip being the final tiebreaker if no majority decision could be reached.

Hamlin won a bronze medal in Sochi, Russia.

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. 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".

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.




Voting for Hamlin and speedskater Shani Davis was tied for the honor, which led to the victor being chosen by a coin toss.

According to Team USA, Hamlin was chosen after a vote by other members of Team USA.

The speed skater is competing in his fifth Olympics this year.

Perhaps even more puzzling is why Davis wasnt the overwhelming choice among his fellow US athletes.

Hamlin took silver at last year's world championships and enters these Olympics ranked No. 7 in the world.

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.

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