Denied US flag with coin toss, Davis snubs opening ceremony

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Hamlin, who will retire after the Games and became the first American female luger to medal at an Olympics when she won bronze in Sochi four years, said she was "honoured and excited" to be named flag-bearer. She had not reached a World Cup podium for two years. At the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy, he became the first African American athlete to win individual gold at the Winter Olympics.

It comes after luge slider Erin Hamlin was selected ahead of him for the role at Friday's opening ceremony.

Voting for Hamlin and speedskater Shani Davis was tied for the honor, which led to the victor being chosen by a coin toss. No problem. I can wait until 2022. Team members voted. When that vote ended in a tie, the choice was left to a coin toss, according to reports.

"I know something about a coin toss, he told me last night", she said Thursday. The victor is typically determined by a vote of the eight US Winter sports federations, which represent curling, figure skating, bobsled and skeleton, hockey, luge, ski and snowboarding, speedskating, and biathlon, according to CNN.

Shani Davis competes in the men's 1,500 meters during the U.S. Olympic long track speed skating trials January 6 in Milwaukee.

While Hamlin is certainly deserving - she'll be competing in her fourth and final Olympics at Pyeongchang - her resume pales in comparison. A 4-4 deadlock in the voting led to a coin flip, which resulted in Hamlin winning the right to be flag-bearer.

Davis did not take part in the opening ceremony.

Denied US flag with coin toss, Davis snubs opening ceremony
Denied US flag with coin toss, Davis snubs opening ceremony

And then Shani Davis tweeted.

But this year, Hamlin and Davis tied 4-4.

He said the pick was made "dishonorably" by a simple coin toss.

US suburban skater Brian Hansen also skipped the opening ceremony due to rest. "But this is something that has to be kind of given to me by my peers, and that's really special", Hamlin said.

After arriving on Kim Jong-un's personal jet at the South's Incheon International Airport, she travelled to Pyeongchang to attend the games' opening ceremony.

And for the first time in Olympic history the two nations will enter a joint women's ice hockey team under the name Korea represented by the unification flag.

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