Olympian Shani Davis Tears Into Team USA for Flag-Bearer Choice

Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin who will turn 23 in March has 41 World Cup victories. Toni L. Sandys  Washington Post

Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin who will turn 23 in March has 41 World Cup victories. Toni L. Sandys Washington Post

On Thursday morning, Davis shared his feelings about the methodology in a Tweet, saying Team USA "dishonorably tossed a coin". "No problem. I can wait until 2022", he wrote on February 8. Instead, she surprised many - including herself - by winning a bronze medal, becoming the first American luger to ever reach the Olympic podium. The process entails that eight athletes from the eight winter sports federations vote on who will be the flag bearer.

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

Hamlin is a four-time Olympian and former olympic bronze medalist.

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When votes were cast for the U.S. flag bearer, Hamlin and Davis tied, so U.S. Olympic officials gave it all over to chance, and Hamlin won the flip. Maame Biney, who has said Davis is one of her inspirations, will compete for the short track speedskating team, and Erin Jackson, an experienced inline skater who only started training on the ice just months ago, will compete for the long-track speedskating team. When the final vote stayed deadlocked at 4-4, the committee used a predetermined method of choosing a victor: a coin toss.

As ESPN noted, Davis has a history of throwing tantrums, and this is not the first time he has caused an Olympic controversy.

Erin Hamlin of the United States takes a curve during a World Cup luge event in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. Hamlin "won" the coin flip, which resulted in her being named flag bearer.

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Perhaps even more puzzling is why Davis wasnt the overwhelming choice among his fellow US athletes.

Lets hope race didnt play a factor, but its impossible to deny that an outspoken black athlete faces a much greater chance of backlash from a largely white fan base, the mostly white media and, yes, even some fellow athletes who are white.

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