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

09 February, 2018, 07:08 | Author: Cary Erickson
  • Team USA's Olympic flag bearer will be former bronze medal winner

The process entails that eight athletes from the eight winter sports federations vote on who will be the flag bearer.

The final vote was deadlocked at 4-4.

Davis has previously addressed race, especially as it pertains to the very white sport of speed skating.

"We feel strongly toward Shani and they felt strongly for Erin", U.S. speedskater Joey Mantia said. He is also a five-time Olympian with two gold medals and two silvers.

Hamlin will be the sixth woman in 23 games to carry the U.S. flag, and the first since 2006.

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Th 31-year-old from Remsen, New York, made history four years ago in Sochi when she became the first USA athlete ever to win an Olympic singles luge medal by securing bronze.

Sign up to our Winter Olympics Recap email, delivered every day during the Games. Her brother didn't exactly put her at ease when he offered this sage piece of advice - don't drop the flag.

"I wonder if you would have called it "dishonorable" if you had won the coin toss?" added another. "I can't wait to share it with them all!" Erin won via a coin toss. The US Olympic Committee confirmed the tie, and that voters knew if the tie couldn't be broken by them the coin toss would have to occur. With 244 athletes competing at the 2018 Olympic Games, Hamlin will carry the flag with the largest USA contingent ever. Maame Biney, who has said Davis is one of her inspirations, will compete for the short track speedskating team, and Erin Jackson, an experienced inline skater who only started training on the ice just months ago, will compete for the long-track speedskating team. It's unknown who will represent Team USA at the Closing Ceremony.

After learning of her selection, Hamlin offered the following, per the AP (h/t"The nerves will be flying for sure".

Davis has also always been outspoken, criticizing the USOC for the suits the team used during the 2014 Games and how NBC portrayed him in the previous Olympics.



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