There's Already Controversy on Team USA About the Olympics Opening Ceremony

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

Team USA has its flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony in PyeongChang, and while it might not be a household name like Shaun White or Lindsey Vonn, she remains a part of American Olympic history. She's also the first American woman to win a world championship in luge.

Most have focused on the fact that the 31-year-old native of Oneida County has competed in three previous Olympics and in 2014 became the first American to win a medal in the luge competition.

Hamlin and Davis were among several members of the Olympic team nominated to carry the American flag in the opening ceremonies in PyeongChang, South Korea. "Now being voted flag bearer is a whole new level".

Team USA speed skater Shani Davis says Team USA "dishonorably" tossed a coin to decide it's flag bearer at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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"I think they're going to be really glad that they made that decision", Hamlin said.

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

Shani Davis adds controversy into the selection of the USA flag bearer with tweet slamming the process. (Yes, it took that long.) He followed it up by winning another gold (and a silver) in 2010, and he's on the team this year too.

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

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"It's definitely a surprise, definitely a shock", she said.

Hamlin gained the selection at a meeting of team representatives from each US winter sports body after she and Davis were tied at four votes each.

While Hamlin is certainly deserving — shell be competing in her fourth and final Olympics at Pyeongchang — her resume pales in comparison.

That, too, would be a shame. “Hes not selfish at all.”.

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It shouldnt come down to the flip of a coin.

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