Team USA announces Olympic flag bearer for Opening Ceremony

Shani Davis

Shani Davis was not expected to walk in the opening ceremony on Friday in the wake of his controversial tweet about missing out as the USA's team flag bearer. Davis believes that he was more than qualified to be the flag bearer, tweeting that the coin toss was done "dishonorably".

"I am an American and when I won the 1000m in 2010 I became the first American to 2-peat in that event", Davis tweeted. "I can't wait to share it with them all!" Instead, she surprised many - including herself - by winning a bronze medal, becoming the first American luger to ever reach the Olympic podium. The flag bearer selection has an athlete picked from each of the eight sporting groups nominated.

The coin toss, according to the Associated Press, came after a 4-4 tie between Davis and Hamlin.

Davis will be 39-years-old at the 2022 Winter Olympics. Given his history, Davis was an obvious candidate to carry the flag for the United States delegation at tomorrow's Opening Ceremony. Its also a popularity contest, and the perception of Davis — framed by a prickly relationship with the US media, his longstanding decision to train separately from the national team, and a much-publicized feud with fellow American Chad Hedrick during the 2006 Games — might have persuaded some voters to go with Hamlin. That's just that."U.S. speedskater Joey Mantia said". Kelly Clark and Kikkan Randle are the only other five-time Olympians on the roster. She's also the first USA woman to win a world championship in luge.

Hamlin, the first woman chosen to carry the flag for the US team since 2006, did not respond on social media to Davis.

Hamlin, 31, is set to enter her fourth and final Winter Games.

Hamlin added: "It is definitely a privilege and honour to be the one to lead the team and will be a very special moment".

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