Team USA Announces Its Flag Bearer: Luger Erin Hamlin


The Winter Olympics haven't even officially started yet, and we already have our first controversy - and it's over who'll carry the USA flag in the opening ceremony. Hamlin won a bronze medal in luge at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

An African-American in a mostly white sport, he became the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal at the Winter Games with his 1,000-meter triumph in 2006.

The Opening Ceremony will take place Friday, Feb. 9.

Hamlin said when she told her family the big news, her mom started crying and her brother told her, "Don't drop the flag!" Hamlin won a coin toss, which was the predetermined method of picking a victor if all else failed in the athlete-led process. "He added he can "wait until 2022" and included a "#BlackHistoryMonth2018" hashtag. Had he been named flag bearer, the people confirmed, he would have accepted the honor and taken part.

Davis became embroiled in one of the Winter Olympics' first major talking points when a post from his Twitter account hit the internet on Thursday night.

Davis referenced Black History Month in that tweet. That made sticking around an easier decision. He is also a five-time Olympian with two gold medals and two silvers. The luge star became the first US athlete to medal in singles luge since the event's inception in 1964.

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“That always seems to be a really, really big-name person, ” she said. But in this case, it seems like the United States had two clear candidates, both with great stories, both entering their fourth Olympics, and they went with the fairest option to break the deadlock.

But lets remember: The choice of flag bearer goes beyond mere athletic accomplishment.

According to Team USA, Hamlin was chosen after a vote by other members of Team USA. “Hes not selfish at all.”.

Those issues, a long time in the making, wont be settled anytime soon.

It shouldnt come down to the flip of a coin.