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

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Friday's Opening Ceremony will spotlight a different Team USA competitor, Erin Hamlin, who has been chosen as the United States' flag bearer.

She also won a single silver and a sprint gold at the 2017 World Championships in Igls.

Hamlin earned a bronze medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics which broke a 34-year streak of the podium being occupied exclusively by German and Austrian women. A tweet posted to the account of Davis is blasting the selection of luge athlete Hamlin as the USA flagbearer for the opening ceremony at the Pyeongchang Games. "Now being voted flag bearer is a whole new level", Hamlin said in a statement.

The coin toss went in favor of veteran luger Erin Hamlin after the final vote of the eight winter sports federations ended deadlocked at 4-4.

"I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event", said Davis. "I can't wait to share it with them all!" She wasn't a shoe-in for flag-bearer, however, The Washington Post reports.

Shani Davis of the United States trains during a speed skating training session prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung South Korea Friday Feb. 9 2018
Winter Olympics: Shani Davis not expected to march in opening ceremony

Davis will be 39-years-old at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Fellow nominee Shani Davis panned the process in a tweet, calling it "dishonorable" and suggesting race ultimately played a role in the selection. The USOC, clearly aware a tie was possible, let it be known before the games that a coin flip would be used to decide the victor if that happened.

This isn't the first controversy to affect the U.S. Team. A question we always have, however, is who will be representing the country by leading the Team USA pack while holding the flag. Hamlin, for her part, said "the nerves will be flying, for sure" when she leads with team around the track under the American flag, but she has not commented on Davis' tweet.

That, too, would be a shame.

It shouldnt come down to the flip of a coin.

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