Four-time Olympic luger Hamlin named United States flag bearer

However, in a vote among team representatives from each U.S. Winter Games federation, the 35-year-old tied with luge athlete Erin Hamlin.

CNN has reached out to the US Olympic Committee for comment.

"Maybe the process is a tad flawed, " said Joey Mantia, one of Davis' team-mates on the USA speedskating team. She kicks off her 2018 Olympic competition on February 12 with the first two runs of the luge. Her only Olympic medal is a bronze.

Hamlin announced a year ago that she plans to retire after the PyeongChang Olympics.

Beyond the stellar results, Davis has been a trailblazer.

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In the 2006 Games in Turin, Italy, Davis became the first black athlete to win a gold medal in an individual event after finishing first in the 1000-meters.

Michael Phelps led Team USA in the Opening Ceremony at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She wasn't a shoe-in for flag-bearer, however, The Washington Post reports. "That would've been really cool". He took to Twitter to vent after losing out on the honor to Hamlin via coin toss.

Davis has previously addressed race, especially as it pertains to the very white sport of speed skating. "I can't wait to share it with them all!" She got a text from Alan Ashley, the chef de mission for Team USA, requesting her to call back as soon as she could. "I think he's just saying that in jest". After several rounds of balloting, the final round of voting came down to Davis and Hamlin. A tie, per USOC rules, is broken by a coin flip.

Perhaps even more puzzling is why Davis wasn't the overwhelming choice among his fellow United States athletes.

"I was so happy for her", USA doubles Olympian Jayson Terdiman said. "Nobody is more deserving in my opinion". Her brother didn't exactly put her at ease when he offered this sage piece of advice - don't drop the flag.

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But let's remember: The choice of flag bearer goes beyond mere athletic accomplishment.

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

That, too, would be a shame. He's now a five-time Olympian, with two gold medals and two silver medals in his collection.

@TeamUSA dishonorably tossed a coin to decide its 2018 flag bearer, No problem. "He's not selfish at all".

Others criticized him for taking what they saw as a selfish approach to an event that encourages team unity.

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Those issues, a long time in the making, won't be settled anytime soon.

  • Ryan Wade