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Winter Olympics: Who is the flag bearer for the United States?

09 February, 2018, 05:18 | Author: Greg Wolfe
  • Team USA's Olympic flag bearer will be former bronze medal winner

Luger Erin Hamlin has been named Team USA's flag bearer for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Davis believes that he was more than qualified to be the flag bearer, tweeting that the coin toss was done "dishonorably".

At the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy, he became the first African American athlete to win individual gold at the Winter Olympics.

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

Commenting on outcome, USOC Mark Jones told USA Today "it is an athlete-driven process and the selection was made between two great candidates".

Hamlin, a 31-year-old, four-time Olympian, said her parents are never sure if they want to spend a lot of money to see the opening ceremonies - but they always do.

She also became the first US woman to win a world championship in luge in 2009.

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While Hamlin is certainly deserving — shell be competing in her fourth and final Olympics at Pyeongchang — her resume pales in comparison. (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.

She also happens to be the first United States woman to win a world championship in luge. The luge star became the first USA athlete to medal in singles luge since the event's inception in 1964.

The Sochi 2014 bronze medallist was selected following a vote by fellow members of the American team. It is definitely a privilege and honor to be the one to lead the team and will be a very special moment.

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.

However, U.S. Olympic speed skater Shani Davis used Twitter to say the flag-bearer selection process was carried out "dishonorably".


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