Luger Erin Hamlin chosen as US Olympic flag bearer
Feb 10, 2018, 02:03
The decision didn't come without controversy, however.
Before the vote took place, Hamlin was one of eight contenders for the honor.
Agreement was reached following a meeting between delegations from the two Koreas and Olympic officials in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The flag-bearer is chosen by a vote of the eight usa winter sports federations but the vote was tied 4-4 between Hamlin and Davis, and a coin was used to break the tie, in keeping with USOC rules.
Maybe next time if there's a 4-4 vote just have both athletes do it? Calls placed to Davis' phone rang unanswered, and his agent Ian Baranski did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Hours before the tweet was posted, Hamlin was beaming about the opportunity.
Hamlin and Davis were among eight athletes being considered to carry the flag in the opening ceremony, ESPN reported. "But this is something that has to be kind of given to me by my peers, and that's really special", Hamlin said.
Hamlin will be 31 during the PyeongChang Winter Games, which she has said will be the final competition of her career. No problem. I can wait until 2022. But it is so unprecedented, and its announcement on Thursday was so sudden, that rumors are already swirling it could open the door to much more - perhaps even an offer for Moon to travel to Pyongyang, the North's capital. And women have carried the flag for Team USA just six times in 23 Games, the last time in 2006. It's so cool. It's a great honor for our small sport.
Davis was certainly a worthy candidate.
Hamlin won the toss, and Davis, one of only a handful of five-time Olympians, was understandably disappointed.
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But as I say, I don't know that the flag decision is based on anything more or less than a popularity contest.
The New York native made history at the 2014 Sochi games when she became the first USA athlete to win an Olympic medal for singles luge. She plans to retire after the PyeongChang games.
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